Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at Chicago Blackhawks - 4/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (25-39-11) vs Calgary Flames (46-20-9)

Game Info: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +333 / Calgary Flames -163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Calgary Flames in Monday NHL Action.

The Calgary Flames come into this road contest with an overall record of 46-20-9. Through 75 games, the Flames are 1st in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 268 times, good for a rank of 6th 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 27th 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 Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Calgary Flames with an overall record of 25-39-11. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 75 games, the Blackhawks have scored 202 goals, giving them an average of 2.63. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.55 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.

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Through 75 games, the Calgary Flames' leading goal scorer is Matthew Tkachuk. With his 57 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 96. On the season, he is turning 16.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Flames have benefited from the strong play of Johnny Gaudreau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Calgary's 75 games, he has come up with 36 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 59. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.22 goals per game. In his 60 games played, he has turned in 36 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 75 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 39 goals and 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 72. On the season, he is turning 16.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 75 games, he has come up with 25 goals on a shooting percentage of 9.5%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -17 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 49 percent of the time.

In Calgary's 75 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-34-4. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 17-17-2. On the season 61.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Flames. In Chicago's 75 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-32-5. So far, taking the over when the Blackhawks are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 18-18-2. On the season, 60.0% of Chicago's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Blackhawks. Look for this matchup to finish above the line of 5.5 goals, as the Flames should have a big scoring night, helping carry this game over the betting line.

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