Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs - 3/20/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Toronto Maple Leafs (19-10-2) vs Calgary Flames (15-13-3)
Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
Betting Odds: Toronto Maple Leafs -150 / Calgary Flames +136 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 12 goals, Elias Lindholm has 19 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 59 goals on 611 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 27 goals on 281 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 29.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 21 goals, Mitchell Marner has 28 assists and John Tavares has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 62 goals on 622 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has given up 12 goals on 154 shots.
The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 7-19 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 9-4 in Maple Leafs last 13 Saturday games. The over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 overall. The Flames are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team I've blindly backed for much of the season, but there's no denying they're on the struggle bus right now and that conceding defense from a year ago has showed up. The Maple Leafs can't get stops right now and it's why they've lost six of their last seven games. The Calgary Flames have played some of their most consistent hockey over the last week and they've now won two of the last three meetings against the Maple Leafs. I'll take a stab with the plus money here.