Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (27-22-6) at Vancouver Canucks (30-20-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -133 / Calgary Flames +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Calgary Flames need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 22 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 28 assists and Sean Monahan has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 110 goals on 1,209 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 47 goals on 576 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in six straight games.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 23 goals, JT Miller has 33 assists and Tanner Pearson has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 100 goals on 1,200 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 51 goals on 559 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in four straight games.
The Flames are 9-3 in their last 12 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Canucks are 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games, 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference and 20-8 in their last 28 home games. The under is 17-7-1 in Flames last 25 road games. The under is 4-0 in Canucks last 4 home games. The Flames are 9-20 in the last 29 meetings in Vancouver. The favorite is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Vancouver and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Calgary Flames have played some of their best recent hockey on the road, but they're in rough form right now and I can't trust that defense to get the job done in a tough venue. The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the better home teams in the league this season and it's likely only a matter of time before they snap out of their current funk as well. Vancouver and the cheap price at home has to be the play here.