New York Islanders at Calgary Flames - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Islanders (35-23-10) at Calgary Flames (36-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -145 / New York Islanders +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The New York Islanders and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The New York Islanders need a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 24 goals, Mathew Barzal has 40 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 106 goals on 1,244 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 73 goals on 838 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 19 games.
The Calgary Flames need a win after splitting their last six 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 165 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 63 goals on 780 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 13 of their last 21 games.
The Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games, 1-11 in their last 12 games as an underdog and 0-7 in their last 7 overall. The Flames are 3-7 in their last 10 home games, 5-11 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite. The under is 5-2 in Islanders last 7 road games. The over is 15-5-1 in Flames last 21 overall. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Calgary Flames haven't been the most consistent team in the world and haven't had much recent success at home, but the Islanders have earned the right to be automatic fades until further notice. The New York Islanders just can't stop the bleeding, as the losses are piling up and they look like a team that peaked a little bit too soon. I want nothing to do with the Islanders. I'll back the Calgary Flames or pass on this game completely.