Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (32-14-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (13-34-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -200 / Montreal Canadiens +450 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday NHL Action.

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 13-34-7. Through 54 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 127 times, good for a rank of 31st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.81 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 9th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 32-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 52 games, the Flames have scored 182 goals, giving them an average of 3.46. This output gives them a rank of 7th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.4 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 20th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 54 games, he has come up with 11 goals and 23 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.2%. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -18 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Of his 15 goals, 7% have come during power play time. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.74 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 52 games, he has come up with 20 goals and 47 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.8%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. Of his 28 goals, 25.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +40. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.1 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Calgary's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 26-23. So far, the Flames have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 11 of their 22 games at Scotiabank Saddledome. On the season, the Calgary Flames have a per-game scoring differential of +1.1. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.66 goals. Heading into their game with the Montreal Canadiens, the Flames have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 18 goals, accounting for 58% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has managed to play above .500 hockey, despite scoring more than their average of 2.4 goals per game, just 3 times. Look for the Flames to take care of business at home, picking up a win over the Canadiens.


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