Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 18 (4/18): NHL

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 18 (4/18): NHL

Credit: photo by Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds:

Time 8:00 p.m. EST
Flames money line -270
Flames spread -1.5 (-115)
Blackhawks money line +220
Blackhawks spread +1.5 (-185)
Over / under 5.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Calgary Flames Chicago Blackhawks
Record 46-20-9 25-39-11
Road / home record 23-11-2 12-20-6
Streak W1 L1
Goals per game 3.55 2.63
Goals allowed per game 2.49 3.55
Shots per game 35.7 28.8
Shots allowed per game 29.0 32.9
PP % 23.50% 20.40%
PK % 16.07% 24.88%
Over / under record 38-31-6 38-30-7

 

Preview

The Calgary Flames hit on the road and will visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. This is the third time these teams face off this season. The Flames won the last 2 games.

Calgary Flames

The Flames have won 6 of their last 7 games and are 23-13 on the road this season with a 46-20-9 record overall, ranking 1st in the Pacific. The Flames are 26-13-4 in conference games. Calgary ranks fourth in the Western Conference averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Matthew Tkachuk with 39.

Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 69 total assists and has 105 points. Noah Hanifin has nine assists over the last 10 games for Calgary.

In their last 10 games the Flames are 6-4, averaging 3.7 goals, six assists, 3.4 penalties and seven penalty minutes while allowing 2.5 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are 12-26 at home this season with a 25-39-11 record overall and rank 7th in the Central division. The Blackhawks are 14-23-8 against Western Conference opponents. Chicago has given up 51 power-play goals, killing 75.1% of opponent opportunities.

Alex DeBrincat leads the Blackhawks with 39 goals and has 72 points. Patrick Kane has four goals over the last 10 games for Chicago.

In their last 10 games the Blackhawks are 1-9, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.9 assists, 2.6 penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 4.2 goals per game with an .883 save percentage.

BETTING TRENDS

Calgary are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against Chicago.

Calgary are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road.

Chicago are 1-9 SU in their last 10 games.

Chicago are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Blackhawks have been terrible all season and have nothing to play for as they're already eliminated. The Flames have clinched the playoff berth and continue to beat everybody. Calgary have covered the spread in 3 of their last 4 games on the road while the Blackhawks have failed to cover in 5 of their lasrt 6 games at home. Take the Flames.

PICK: Flames -1.5 (-115)

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