Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (33-14-7) vs Washington Capitals (30-18-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -150 / Washington Capitals +115 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Washington Capitals in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-18-9. Through 57 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 185 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.74 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 33-14-7. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 54 games, the Flames have scored 190 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.46 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 19th 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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Through 55 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 36 assists to go along with his 16 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.93 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 54 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 49 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.5%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. 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 +41. 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.

In Washington's 57 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-27-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 12-15. On the season, 56.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals In Calgary's 54 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 28-24-2. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 12-11-1. On the season, 63.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Flames. Look for this game to finish over the betting line of 6 goals, in what will be a high-scoring affair. 

 

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