New Jersey Devils at Calgary Flames - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New Jersey Devils at Calgary Flames - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (36-16-7) vs New Jersey Devils (22-32-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -300 / New Jersey Devils +225 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the New Jersey Devils in Wednesday NHL Action.

The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-32-5. Through 59 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 179 times, good for a rank of 19th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 25th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.46 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 8th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 23rd ranked team in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 36-16-7. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 59 games, the Flames have scored 204 goals, giving them an average of 3.42. This output gives them a rank of 6th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.42 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 54 games, the New Jersey Devils goal and overall scoring leader is Jesper Bratt with 55 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.3%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jack Hughes, who has 26 assists to go along with his 18 goals. However, when on the ice, the Devils are -11.0 in scoring differential. New Jersey's top goalie is Mackenzie Blackwood, who is giving up an average of 3.29 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 59 games, he has come up with 26 goals and 52 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.3%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 30 goals, 27.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +43. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 46 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Calgary Flames have a per-game scoring differential of 1.03 goals. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.55 goals. Heading into their game with the New Jersey Devils, the Flames have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 14 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 2.42 goals per game, just 3 times. Look for the Flames to pick up a home win over the Devils.


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