Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche - 3/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (40-11-4) vs Calgary Flames (32-14-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -150 / Calgary Flames +115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the Calgary Flames in Saturday NHL Action.

The Calgary Flames come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-14-7. Through 53 games, the Flames are 1st in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 186 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Calgary is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.45 goals per game. So far, the Flames have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 2nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the Calgary Flames with an overall record of 40-11-4. This mark places them 1st in the Central division. Through 55 games, the Avalanche have scored 219 goals, giving them an average of 3.93. This output gives them a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 10th ranked unit, giving up 2.8 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 32nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In his team's 53 games, he has come up with 21 goals and 47 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +40. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. Of his 29 goals, 24.0% have come during power play time. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.17 goals per game.In his 43 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Colorado Avalanche leader in points is Nazem Kadri. In Colorado's 55 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 46 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Gabriel Landeskog. Of his 29 goals, 24.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.47 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Calgary's 53 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 26-23. So far, the Flames have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 15 of their 27 road games. On the season, the Calgary Flames have a per-game scoring differential of 1.06. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.66 goals. Heading into their game with the Colorado Avalanche, the Flames have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 20 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.47 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Flames to come away with an upset win over the Avalanche.

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