Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks (29-31-9) vs Calgary Flames (41-19-9)

Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)

Betting Odds: San Jose Sharks +150 / Calgary Flames -200 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Jose Sharks host the Calgary Flames in Thursday NHL Action

The Calgary Flames come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-19-9. Through 69 games, the Flames are 1st in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 241 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Calgary is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.49 goals per game. So far, the Flames have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.

The San Jose Sharks get set to host the Calgary Flames with an overall record of 29-31-9. This mark places them 7th in the Pacific division. Through 69 games, the Sharks have scored 182 goals, giving them an average of 2.61. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams.On defense, San Jose is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.16 goals per contest. So far, the Sharks have played the 8th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account San Jose's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In his team's 69 games, he has come up with 34 goals and 61 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +50. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 35 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.19 goals per game. In his 55 games played, he has turned in 33 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 64 games, the San Jose Sharks' goal and overall scoring leader is Timo Meier, with 68 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.4%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tomas Hertl, who has 31 assists to go along with his 27 goals. However, when on the ice, the Sharks are -2.0 in scoring differential. San Jose's top goalie is James Reimer, who is giving up an average of 2.75 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Calgary's 69 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 34-32-3. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-15-1. On the season 59.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Flames. Coming into this game, the Sharks have an over-under record of 28-40-1. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-20-1. On the season, 43.0% of San Jose's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Sharks. Look for this to be a higher scoring game than expected finishing above the line of 6 goals.

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