Calgary Flames (@2.65) vs Colorado Avalanche (@2.05)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Colorado Avalanche will win

Calgary Flames – Colorado Avalanche Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 21:05

Colorado'sPhilipp Grubauer was red-hot during the team's push for the playoffs and backstopped the game that sealed the Avs' postseason berth; however, the German was poor for the Capitals in the first round last year and lost his starting spot as Washington went on to claim the Stanley Cup.SemyonVarlamov played more in the regular season, butGrubauer's late-season play probably gets him the nod.

They are 7th in the league with 144 goals while they've given up 129 goals, which is 13th overall. The Avalanche have allowed 149 power play opportunities and have given up 34 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 77% this year. They average 32 shots per game and as a team shoot 10.71% for the season. They allow 32 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%, which is ranked 16th in the league. That is 26th in the NHL. The Avalanche have 48 total points this season, ranking 15th in the NHL in offense. They have had 157 power play opportunities and scored 42 goals on those chances for a percentage of 27%. That is 5th in the NHL.

The Flames racked up 107 points for a reason and I think the OT home loss will be a bit of a wakeup call that the Avs aren't going to go easily. Calgary was a big favorite in Game 2 but could not finish the job and now are in danger of going behind in the series on the road. But I don't think that happens. Calgary has done well as a favorite this season and I am betting on it to get the job done here.

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It was assisted by Mikko Rantanen and Ian Cole. Following a scoreless first period, Matt Nieto scored an unassisted shorthanded goal with 12:44 left in the second period to put the Avalanche up 1-0. Philipp Grubauer accounted for 35 saves on 37 shots in the winning effort. Assists on the Compher goal were rewarded to Gabriel Landeskog and Rattanen. After Calgary went ahead 2-1 in the third period, a goal by J.T. Compher with 2:39 remaining evened it back up at 2-2. Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal at the 11:33 mark of the first overtime Saturday night to send Colorado to a 3-2 overtime victory at the Flames.

Everyone has got to be better, not just one guy," said Gaudreau, who has managed only one assist after matching MacKinnon by racking up a career-high 99 points during the regular season. Calgary Flames: While both teams rely a high-powered top line, but Calgary's No. Third-line forward Sam Bennett has a team-high four points while defenseman Rasmus Andersson is second on the team with three points. 1 unit of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm need to start producing after being held to a collective four points through three games.

Puck drop will come shortly after 10 p.m. The Colorado Avalanche looks to roll through the Calgary Flames Friday and finish off its Western Conference Quarterfinal with a 4-1 first-round series win. The Flames entered the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the west with the Avalanche making the postseason as only the second wild-card team in the conference. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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However, the Flames have a considerable edge in goaltending in my opinion, and had no issues sweeping the Avalanche this season. Two of those games were decided by one goal, but I think the raucous environment in Calgary will be too much for Colorado to handle so to negate some of the heavy juice, Im siding with Calgary on the puck line here. The plus money is tempting with Colorado considering some of the offensive talent that the Avs have on the ice with the likes of MacKinnon, Rantanen and co.

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They have 1,237 face-off wins compared to 1,328 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 48.2%. That ranks them 24th in the league. The Avalanche start possessions in the offensive zone 53.1% of the time, which is 9th in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 46.9% for the season. On defense Colorado has 798 hits and they have blocked 651 shots from the opposition, putting them 5th overall. That is 23rd overall in the NHL. That ranks them 19th in the league. Their Fenwick percentage is 49.4% as they have 1,780 attempts while they have given up 1,825 shots on the defensive end. Colorado is 22nd in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 48.9%, as they've attempted 2,367 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 2,476 shots on net in the same situations.

The Flames, who rolled up a Western Conference-best 107 points, have dropped two in a row to fall into a 2-1 series hole entering Game 4 against the host Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. 1 seed has not translated into an advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, as Tampa Bay found out in the East and Calgary is hoping to avoid in the West. Earning the No.

They are 1st in the Pacific Division. They've scored 157 goals and surrendered 126 for a goal differential of +31. For the season they have an ATS record of 20-22-0 and an over/under record of 22-20-0. They have scored 144 goals and given up 129 goals for a point differential of +15. Their record against the spread is 26-17-0 while their over/under record is 21-21-0. Calgary has a record of 27-13-4 this year. Colorado has a record of 20-14-8 this season. They are 3rd in the Central Division.

Sean Monahan put Calgary ahead at 2-1 with 7:33 left in the third period on a goal assisted by Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau. Calgary was unable to take a decisive series lead Saturday night as it dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at home against Colorado in Game 2. After a scoreless first period, the Avalanche grabbed the 1-0 advantage in the second period. Mike Smith recorded 36 saves on 39 shots in the defeat. But the Flames evened it back up with 7:34 remaining in the second on a Rasmus Andersson power play goal assisted by Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund. The Avs proceeded to score the tying goal later in the third before winning it in OT.

Calgary is 15-7 in their last 22 home games and 22-10 in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games overall. Colorado is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 34-75 in their last 109 road games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Colorado is 1-8 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.