Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames - 1/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (26-18-5) at Ottawa Senators (16-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +143 / Calgary Flames -158 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Calgary Flames look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 20 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 25 assists and Sean Monahan has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 93 goals on 1,065 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 38 goals on 486 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Ottawa Senators need a win here to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 11.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Duclair leads Ottawa with 21 goals, Thomas Chabot has 22 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 61 goals on 591 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 628 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road favorite and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Senators are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 6-15 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 30-64 in their last 94 overall. The under is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Senators last 4 overall. The Flames are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators should run into a win one of these days, but hockey is often about riding the hot hand and fading the cold hand and simply knowing when to stop. Nobody should be backing a team that's riding a nine-game losing streak and gets blasted nightly on the defensive end. The Calgary Flames are playing some of their best hockey of the season, but even if they weren't, anything is better than what the Senators are going through. The fact this price is under -200 feels like a steal. Give me the Flames on the road.