Calgary Flames (@2.65) vs Colorado Avalanche (@2.05)

Our Prediction:

Colorado Avalanche will win

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

The Flames have a total of 58 points this year, which is 2nd in the NHL. They've allowed 137 power play opportunities and have given up 30 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 78%, which is 22nd overall. As a team, the Flames are 2nd with 157 goals scored while they are 17th in the NHL with 126 goals allowed this year. That ranks their power play unit 13th. They have 33 power play goals on 157 opportunities for a percentage of 21%. They give up 29 shots per game and have a save percentage of 90%, putting them in 18th place in the league. They average 32 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.99%.

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As for Colorado, the three-headed monster of Nathan MacKinnon (41 goals, 58 assists),MikkoRantanen (31 goals, 56 assists) and Landeskog (34 goals, 41 assists) will be expected to provide the bulk of the scoring. The Avalanche captain, Landeskogreturned from injury at the end of March and immediately picked up where he left off, recording six points over the final five games of the regular season to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1-1 record.

GabrielLandeskog (COL): The Avalanche captain averaged 1.02 points per game over the course of the season, and his return from injury was exactly the boost his team needed to clinch a berth in the playoffs.

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David Rittich and Mike Smith split goaltending duties for Calgary, with Rittich going 27-9-5 with a 2.61 GAA and a shutout while Smith went 23-16-2 with a 2.73 GAA and 2 shutouts this season. The Calgary Flames come into the postseason as the top seed in the Western Conference and the winners of the Pacific division after finishing the regular season with a record of 50-25-7, translating to 107 points. Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames in scoring with 99 points as well as team-high marks of 36 goals and 63 assists while also leading the Flames with 245 shots on goal this season. Sean Monahan had 34 goals and 48 assists for his 82 points while Elias Lindholm had 78 points, Matthew Tkachuk had 34 goals and 77 points and Mark Giordano had 74 points with 57 assists.