Calgary Flames vs. Arizona Coyotes - 3/6/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Coyotes (33-27-8) at Calgary Flames (35-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -135 / Arizona Coyotes +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames meet Friday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 22 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 34 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 59 goals on 836 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 80 goals on 1,014 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 21 games.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 29 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 40 assists and Sean Monahan has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 134 goals on 1,447 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 61 goals on 746 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 19 games.
The Coyotes are 4-10 in their last 14 games as an underdog, 2-8 in their last 10 games as a road underdog and 2-10 in their last 12 road games. The Flames are 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games, 3-7 in their last 10 games following a win and 2-6 in their last 8 home games. The under is 7-3-1 in Coyotes last 11 overall. The over is 10-2-1 in Flames last 13 overall. The Coyotes are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
I gave up on the Arizona Coyotes a while ago, and there's no reason to get behind them here on the road where most of their struggles take place. The Calgary Flames have put together some nice victories over the last week or so, and one would think it's only a matter of time before some of that success carries over to their home ice. For the cheap price, I'll side with the Flames, the team that's in much better form at the moment.