Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets - 8/6/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Calgary Flames (38-28-7) at Winnipeg Jets (38-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +139 / Calgary Flames -172 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Where to Watch: CNBC Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now!
The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets meet Thursday in game four of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Calgary Flames look for back-to-back victories to advance to the next playoff series. The Calgary Flames are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikael Backlund leads Calgary with two goals, Andrew Mangiapane has three assists and Matthew Tkachuk has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing two goals per game and are killing 92.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed six goals on 80 shots faced.
The Winnipeg Jets need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Saturday. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 7.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrew Copp leads Winnipeg with two goals, Adam Lowry has two assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 10 goals on 94 shots faced.
The Flames are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jets are 6-13 in their last 19 games as an underdog, 5-12 in their last 17 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in Flames last 7 overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Jets last 17 overall. The Flames are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Winnipeg. The favorite is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Game three wasn't kind to the Winnipeg Jets and they've had some serious defensive issues in this series. However, the Calgary Flames haven't had a ton of success lately stringing wins together, and you could argue the Jets were the better and more balanced team this season overall. This feels like a series where it's going to be hard to gain momentum and we're heading to an entertaining game five. I'll take the Jets and the plus money.