NHL Playoffs Betting Preview: Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche – Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado
When: Wednesday April 17th at 10:00 PM ET
Money Line: Calgary -115
BookMaker has the Calgary Flames listed as -115 money line favorites over the Colorado Avalanche. The Calgary Flames enter this game with a record of 51-26-8 and have lost four of their last five games including games two and three in this series.
The Colorado Avalanche enter this game with a record of 40-31-14 and have won three of their last five games including the last two games of the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche are 40-31-14 overall and 22-14-6 at home. The Colorado Avalanche have won three of their last five games and will be looking to take a 3-1 series lead with a win in this game. Colorado is 40-31-14 overall, 22-14-6 at home and 8-9 as an underdog.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are tied for the team lead in points with 4 apiece. Mikko Rantanen and Ian Cole are tied for the team lead in assists with 3 apiece. Nathan MacKinnon leads the team in goals with 3. Philipp Grubauer are 2-1 with a .928 save % and is allowing 2.25 goals per game in the playoffs.
Colorado is averaging 3.16 goals per game which ranks 11th in the NHL. They are averaging 32.89 shots per game which ranks 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.76 power play goals per game which is tied for 4th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.55 power play chances per game which ranks 1st in the NHL.
The Avalanche are allowing 2.99 goals per game which ranks 16th in the NHL.
The Flames are 51-26-8 overall and 24-16-2 on the road. The Calgary Flames finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference, but are in danger of falling to a 1-3 deficit in the 1st round of the playoffs with a loss. Calgary is 51-26-8 overall, 24-16-2 on the road and 43-17-8 as a favorite this season.
Sam Bennett leads the team in points and assists with 4 points and 3 assists. Matthew Tkachuk leads the team in goals with 2. Mike Smith is 1-2 with a .926 save % and is allowing 2.87 goals per game in the playoffs.
Calgary is averaging 3.49 goals per game which ranks 3rd in the NHL. They are averaging 32.39 shots per game which is tied for 8th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.67 power play goals per game which is tied for 7th in the NHL. They are averaging 3.42 power play chances per game which ranks 2nd in the NHL.
The Flames are allowing 2.78 goals per game which ranks 9th in the NHL.
Calgary evens up the series
The Flames are in a slump which isn’t a good thing considering they are already down 2-1 to the Avalanche who have won three of their last five games including the last two in the series, but the Flames are still the better overall team. Calgary is 7-2-1 in their last ten match-ups against Colorado while outscoring the Avalanche by an average of 3.6 to 2.9 in those games.
The Avalanche are 2-1 in their last three meetings with Flames while outscoring Calgary by an average of 3 to 2.67 in those contests. I look for the Flames to even up the series with a win over the Avalanche in the game on Wednesday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.