Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flames vs Capitals NHL Odds
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(41-27-4) Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals (46-17-8)
Date: Tuesday March 21st
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Verizon Center in Washington, DC
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The Calgary Flames have been one of the league’s hottest teams of late, but will face a very difficult matchup in DC against the NHL’s top team.
The Capitals have 100 points on the season and have clinched a playoff berth with 11 games remaining.
They also have the best goal differential of any team on the year and bolstered their blueline at the deadline.
The Flames have been about league-average in both goals for and goals against this season, ranking 15th and 13th, respectively.
The team has been anything but league average as of late though, with wins in 14 of their last 15 games played dating back a month to February 21st.
Brian Elliott appears to have completely turned his season around, taking over the starting role from fill-in, Chad Johnson, and now owning the best GAA of the two at 2.46. Elliott has raised his SV% on the year from the .800’s to .911 at the time of writing.
Johnny Gaudreau has reclaimed the status of the top point producer on the Flames, sitting with 52 points in 62 games played on the year. He’s not quite on last season’s pace of nearly a point-per-game, but has helped propel his team into the playoff race with 17 points in his last 13 games.
The backend might be the strongest component for this Calgary team.
The acquisition of Michael Stone has paid immediate dividends, joining TJ Brodie to form a strong second pairing behind Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton. Stone has five points in 10 games with the Flames.
The Caps are the toast of the NHL this season, tying with Columbus for the lead in points with 100 apiece. Washington ranks 1st in goals against at 2.2, and 3rd in goals per game at 3.2 on average.
Nicklas Backstrom quietly leads the team with 75 points in 71 games played, overshadowed by the likes of Alex Ovechkin and the acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk. Backstrom sits 5th overall in league scoring and trails just Connor McDavid by one assist for the lead in the category.
Shattenkirk joins an already strong blueline group comprised of John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Karl Alzner and Brooks Orpik.
He provides the best offensive tools of the bunch and makes the powerplay even stronger, allowing Carlson to shift to the second unit- which would likely be the 1st unit on most other teams.
Braden Holtby is arguably the best goalie in the league, likely trailing only Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovs.ky currently in the Vezina trophy race.
Holtby owns a .925 SV% and a 2.05 GAA on the season with eight shutouts and a 36-11-6 record overall.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Brian Elliot has won each of his last 11 games
- Calgary 14-1-0 in their last 15 games played
- Calgary is 19-12-4 on the road this year
- Braden Holtby leads the NHL with 8 shutouts this season
- Washington is 28-6-2 at home
- Washington has the best goal differential at plus-69 this season
Free Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Prediction:
Calgary has been the hottest team in the NHL over the last calendar month, shooting up the Pacific Division standings to 3rd, surpassing their Alberta counterpart.
They won’t have an easy task earning another W in the difficult Verizon Center, facing the league’s best team who have only lost 6 games in regulation at home all season.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington ML.
I like Washington to hand the Flames their second loss in March.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Calgary 2 – Washington 3
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