Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks - 12/29/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (20-15-4) at Calgary Flames (20-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 9:30 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -145 / Vancouver Canucks +131 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames meet Sunday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Vancouver Canucks look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 17 goals, Quinn Hughes has 24 assists and Tanner Pearson has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 69 goals on 828 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 36 goals on 382 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed a combined five goals in their last three games.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 15 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 19 assists and Sean Monahan has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 79 goals on 926 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 29 goals on 332 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Canucks are 27-58 in their last 85 games as a road underdog, 6-17 in their last 23 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Flames are 20-8 in their last 28 Sunday games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Pacific and 9-4 in their last 13 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Canucks last 8 overall. The under is 13-6-2 in Flames last 21 overall. The Canucks are 3-11 in the last 14 meetings in Calgary. The favorite is 37-17 in the last 54 meetings. The home team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. The over is 18-7-4 in the last 29 meetings in Calgary and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Vancouver Canucks don't have a lot of road success lately and haven't handled being on the end of back to backs well, but they enter this contest red hot and are a very attractive option as an underdog. The Calgary Flames are probably the better team and have outscored the Canucks 6-1 in the last two meetings, but hockey can often simply be about riding the hot hand and you have to like what the Canucks have done over the last week or so. I'll take my plus money.