Arizona Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames Free Prediction

The Scotiabank Saddledome will be the site for a Pacific Division matchup as the Calgary Flames take the ice against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It’s the fourth and final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. Fox Arizona Plus will air the game, and the action gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3.

Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Odds

Calgary (-135) is currently favored over Arizona (+115), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Calgary is 36-43 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 45-37 record that the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. 39 of its 79 matches have gone under the total, while 38 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team’s 16-23 SU at home this season.

The Flames have converted on just 16.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties.

The Flames, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 5.4 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 10.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings.

With a .916 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Mike Smith (26-29-6) has been the best option in goal for the Flames this season. If Calgary chooses to give him a breather, however, the team might turn to David Rittich (9-12-12 record, .904 save percentage, 2.92 goals against average).

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both spearhead the attack for the Flames. Gaudreau (82 points) has tallied 23 goals and 59 assists and has recorded two or more points on 22 separate occasions this year. Monahan has 31 goals and 33 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 43 games.

On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 28-51 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 41 of its games have gone under the total, while 37 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 12-27 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Coyotes have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.

Arizona’s skaters have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their past five games total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Antti Raanta (2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 27.2 saves per game and has 21 wins, 24 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.

For the visiting Coyotes, the offense will be facilitated by Clayton Keller (23 goals, 40 assists) and Derek Stepan (13 goals, 42 assists).

Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Over Calgary’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 0-8 in those games).
  • Power-play chances could be critical in this game. The Coyotes are 12-21 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 19-36 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Flames are
  • 14-19 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 18-24 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
  • Arizona is 2-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-5 in shootouts.
  • Calgary may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 21-16 in games decided by one goal, while Arizona is 16-21 in such games.
  • The under has hit in three of Calgary’s last five games.
  • Calgary skaters have averaged 12.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 20th).
  • One of the top teams when it comes to possessing the puck, Arizona is ranked fifth this season with just 7.3 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended upward recently, as it’s averaged 8.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • Arizona skaters have dished out the fourth-most hits in the league (24.6 per game).