Flames vs Sharks Prediction NHL Picks Today 4/18

Flames vs Sharks Prediction NHL Picks Today 4/18

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Preview: San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames Prediction

 

San Jose Sharks

Preview

The San Jose Sharks, currently eighth in the Pacific Division with a record of 19-53-9, will face off against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Here's a preview of the upcoming matchup, including player stats, recent team performances, and predictions for the game scheduled on April 18, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

Team Overview

Despite their struggles this season, the Sharks have shown flashes of competitiveness. Players like Mikael Granlund and Fabian Zetterlund have been leading the charge on offense, aiming to disrupt the Flames' defense and secure a victory on the road.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
M. Blackwood 10 25 4 2 3.45 .899
V. Vanecek 17 9 3 0 3.18 .890

Scoring Leaders

Mikael Granlund leads the Sharks in points with 59, while Fabian Zetterlund leads in goals scored with 23.

Injury Report

  • Alexander Barabanov (LW) - Out (Expected return: Sep 16)
  • Jacob MacDonald (D) - Out (Expected return: Sep 16)
  • Mike Hoffman (C) - Out (Expected return: Sep 16)
  • Jan Rutta (D) - Out (Expected return: Sep 16)
  • Kevin Labanc (RW) - Out (Expected return: Sep 16)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 2.21
GA/G 3.96

Recent Performances

The Sharks have struggled in their recent games, facing significant losses against opponents like the Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota Wild.

 

Calgary Flames

Preview

The Calgary Flames, positioned fifth in the Pacific Division with a record of 37-39-5, are set to host the San Jose Sharks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Here's a preview of the upcoming clash, featuring player stats, recent team performances, and expectations for the game scheduled on April 18, 2024, at 6:00 PM.

Team Overview

The Flames boast a strong lineup led by Nazem Kadri and Yegor Sharangovich, capable of dominating both ends of the ice. With goaltender Jacob Markstrom guarding their net, they aim to capitalize on their home advantage and secure another win against the struggling Sharks.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
J. Markstrom 23 23 2 2 2.78 .905
D. Vladar 8 9 2 0 3.62 .882

Scoring Leaders

Nazem Kadri leads the Flames in points with 75, while Yegor Sharangovich leads in goals scored with 31.

Injury Report

  • Joel Hanley (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 18)
  • Blake Coleman (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 18)
  • Oliver Kylington (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 17)
  • Andrew Mangiapane (LW) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 17)
  • Mikael Backlund (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 17)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.06
GA/G 3.28

Recent Performances

The Flames have had mixed results in their recent games, with wins against the Arizona Coyotes but losses to teams like the Vancouver Canucks.

 

Prediction

Considering the recent performances and the overall form of both teams, the Calgary Flames are heavily favored to win this matchup, especially playing at home against a struggling San Jose Sharks team. With their strong offensive lineup and home advantage, the Flames are expected to dominate the game and secure a comfortable victory. Therefore, the prediction is for the Calgary Flames to win by at least 1.5 goals (-1.5).

 

Pick: Flames -1.5 (-110)

 

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