Two teams that’ve combined to serve more than 21 penalty minutes per game, the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames face off at the Scotiabank Saddledome for a divisional matchup. The opening face-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 21, and it is being televised live on Sportsnet 360.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames Odds
Each side currently has an identical -110 moneyline for this one, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-125 for the under, +105 for the over).
Anaheim is 37-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 73 regular season outings, 43 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Ducks are 15-21 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Anaheim has converted on just 17.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, it has the sixth-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 82.9 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Anaheim has been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, John Gibson (29-25-7) has been the best option in goal for Anaheim this year. If it decides to rest him, however, the team may turn to Ryan Miller (10-14-6 record, .926 save percentage, 2.49 goals against average).
Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf will both be offensive focal points for the visiting Ducks. Rakell (62 points) is up to 31 goals and 31 assists, and has recorded two or more points 18 times. Getzlaf has 11 goals and 43 assists to his credit (and has registered at least one point in 29 games).
On the other side of the rink, Calgary is 35-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 74 regular season outings, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while another 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 15-21 SU at home this season.
Calgary has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all penalties.
Calgary players have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Mike Smith has stopped 28.4 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for Calgary. Smith has 25 wins, 27 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a .917 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average this year.
The Flames will be led on offense by Johnny Gaudreau (23 goals, 59 assists).
Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
- The over has hit in three of Calgary’s last five outings.
- Anaheim has managed 27.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Calgary is averaging 39.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
- The Flames are 14-17 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-22 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- Anaheim is 4-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-5 in shootouts.
- Calgary skaters have averaged 11.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.1 takeaways per game (ranked 10th in the league).
- Anaheim has allowed 2.7 goals per game overall this year, but is allowing only 1.3 per match up in their last three games (the team’s a perfect 3-0 SU over that span).
- Anaheim has created 3.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 5.9 takeaways per game (ranked 26th in the league).