Canucks vs Flames Prediction NHL Experts Picks 4/8

Canucks vs Flames Prediction NHL Experts Picks 4/8

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Introduction

As the NHL regular season approaches its end, the playoff race is heating up, and on April 8th, the Vancouver Canucks will host the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive review of both teams, including their strengths, weaknesses, and injury reports. We will also analyze their previous meetings this season and give our prediction for the game, which we expect to be a high-scoring affair with over 6.5 goals.

 

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have been on a roll lately, entering this game on a three-game winning streak. They are currently fifth in the Pacific Division with a record of 37-27-15, and have been solid on the road with a record of 18-11-11.

 

Offense

The Flames have been led offensively by Tyler Toffoli, who has been dominant this season, registering 34 goals and 38 assists. He has also been a force on the power play, scoring 10 power-play goals and 254 shots on goal. The Flames' power play has been effective this season, scoring on 20% of their opportunities.

 

Defense

In net, Jacob Markstrom has been excellent, posting a record of 23-21-10 with a 2.96 GAA and .891 SV%. His solid play has been instrumental in the Flames' recent success and will be crucial in this game.

 

Injuries

The Flames have no injured players heading into this game, which is good news for the team's chances of success.

 

Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks have had a disappointing season, sitting sixth in the Pacific Division with a record of 35-36-7. However, they have been strong at home with a record of 18-20-2.

 

Offense

Offensively, the Canucks have been led by Elias Pettersson, who has been dominant this season with 37 goals and 61 assists. He has been a force on the power play, scoring 13 power-play goals and 141 shots on goal. The Canucks' power-play unit has been effective this season, scoring on 22.3% of their opportunities.

 

Defense

In net, Thatcher Demko has been inconsistent this season, posting a record of 12-14-4 with a 3.25 GAA and .898 SV%. He will need to be at his best if the Canucks hope to win this game.

 

Injuries

The Canucks will be without Vasily Podkolzin, who is out with an injury.

 

Prediction

Based on our analysis, we expect this game to be a high-scoring affair, with over 6.5 goals. Both teams have been effective on the power play this season, and we expect to see many scoring opportunities. The Flames' strong play on the road and solid goaltending from Jacob Markstrom give them the edge in this matchup. We predict that they will come out on top in a close, high-scoring game.

 

Pick: Over 6.5 goals

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