Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flames vs Penguins Lines
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(27-25-3) Calgary Flames vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (33-13-5)
Date: Tuesday February 7th
Venue: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Pittsburgh -220
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Pittsburgh -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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Coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rangers, the Calgary Flames will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Metropolitan Division Penguins.
The Penguins, coming off three straight wins, will look to make it four against a Flames team that isn’t nearly on their level in terms of quality.
Despite some good individual pieces, you can’t love how Calgary has looked this season, especially when it comes to offensive production. The Flames are 20th in goals per game, averaging about 2.6 per contest.
Good defensive teams can overcome the lack of offense, but unfortunately defense has been an issue for the Flames as well.
Calgary gives up 2.8 goals per game, putting it 17th in the NHL. On the penalty kill, the Flames have been extremely poor this season. The team’s PK percentage is 80.1%, putting it 20th in the league.
It’s really tough for the Flames to stop the power play and the Penguins have a great PP unit that will look to exploit those weaknesses.
Offensively, the Flames have to find a way to score against this Pittsburgh teams. Center Sean Monahan has been the team’s best goal-scorer. He’s having a fantastic year with 19 goals and 16 assists, including four goals and an assist over the last five games.
To beat Pittsburgh, Monahan will need to have a solid game and fellow forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund will need to be great as well.
The top three teams of the Metropolitan Division have been shifting back and forth all throughout 2017. Columbus, Washington, and Pittsburgh are comfortably heading to the playoffs at this point, it’s just a matter of who takes the top spot.
That being said, every game counts for a Pittsburgh team that definitely wants that top spot. Pittsburgh will look to put its foot on the gas early and let the offensive overwhelm the Flames.
With one of the best offenses in the league, the Penguins can beat any team in the league when it’s goal-scorers are playing well. The Penguins rank 1st in the NHL in goals per game, averaging 3.6 per contest.
When you look at the roster, it’s not hard to see why.
All-Star Sidney Crosby leads the team with 30 goals and 29 assists, including two goals and two assists over his last five games. Crosby is the leader both on and off the ice and he’s kept the team rolling all year.
Unfortunately, star center Evgeni Malkin remains on injured reserve with a left leg injury and his status for Tuesday’s game is currently unknown.
This could be a big hit for the Penguins as he’s been a great asset all year, scoring 22 goals and 32 assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Calgary is 4-1 ATS in the last five games
- Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in the last eight games
Free Calgary Flames vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Hockey Prediction:
It’s hard to bet against the Penguins and Sidney Crosby. This has the makings of an entertaining game but Pittsburgh should have the advantage and get the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ML
Pittsburgh has one of the best offenses in the league, while Calgary gives up about three goals per game on average. The Penguins should have an easy time scoring and should get the win. I like the Pittsburgh money line here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Calgary 2 – Pittsburgh 4
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