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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Round 1
(1-1) Calgary Flames vs (1-1) ColoradoAvalanche
Date: Monday, April 15th
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Avalanche +111 | Flames -121
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Flames -1.5 (+213)
NHL Betting Total: 6
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Tonight from Pepsi Center, the home standing Colorado Avalanche look to gain control of their Western Quarterfinal series against the heavily favored Calgary Flames.
Seeking answers following a game 1 blowout loss, Colorado rallied behind Nathan Mackinnon’s OT game winner on Saturday to upset Calgary 3-2. The series stands at 1-1.
Perhaps Calgary underestimated scrappy Colorado, a team they’d beaten four straight, in game two from Scotiabank. After the sobering defeat Flames LW Sam Bennett said, “They (Colorado) seemed hungrier than us. Seemed like they wanted it more than us.” Bennett assisted Sean Monahan and Rasmus Anderson’s scoring strikes. However, Calgary found no other offensive success and routinely lost chippy scrums for loose pucks in close quarters.
Normally a staunch defensive group, Calgary allowed 39 Colorado shots on backstop Mike Smith –Smith had his hands full while stopping 36 pucks, though three escaped his glove. Early on, Flames fans again chanted “Smitty” but the veteran goalies’ defensive line failed to show him that same support.
Now, Calgary must prove its mettle on the road against an infused Avalanche nation.
After four tries this season Colorado finally claimed victory over the top-seeded Flames. During an uncompromising team effort, J.T. Compher and Matt Nieto set up Mackinnon’s go ahead slapshot.
Equally impressive, though, was how backstop Patrick Grubauer manned net while halting 35 shots for his charge. Much maligned following game one’s shutout defeat, the former National’s goalie redeemed himself, and Colorado’s series chances, on an improbable night of hockey.
Now, coming home before an enthusiastic crowd, the Avalanche must maintain their momentum and fully realize they’ll face a wounded Flames group that will battle at every turn to reclaim the series’ upper hand.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Calgary is 27-10-3-2 SU away this season.
- Colorado is 17-17-6-2 SU at home this season.
- Calgary is 43-24-3-3 SU in night games this season
- Calgary is 8-2 SU in the teams’ last ten meetings
- Colorado is 9-3-1 SU in its last 13 games.
Free Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Prediction:
Tonight will provide playoff hockey at its best. Each team knows what it takes to beat the other and now the more prepared, gutsier squad will prevail.
And while Colorado has all the momentum and intangibles in play, smart money says they’ve awoken a sleeping giant and will now see a more amplified version of Calgary’s game one advance.
With a major point to prove, the Flames will re-assert themselves today vs. plucky Colorado.
4* Free NHL Playoff Betting Pick: Calgary -1.5
NHL Free Score Prediction: Avalanche 2 – Flames 4
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