The Anaheim Ducks will be looking to take another step toward finishing their 2018-19 campaign on a positive note when they host
Calgary in a mid-week matchup at the Honda Center on Wednesday night. The Calgary Flames are the top team in the Western Conference as they get set for the quickly approaching postseason and they’ll be looking to building some more momentum prior to the playoffs. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this pairing.
Flames vs Ducks NHL Lines, Game Preview & Analysis
Game day!We kick off the final homestand of the regular season tonight, with the Calgary Flames coming to @HondaCenter. 📰➡ https://t.co/xq2vHGmvTu#LetsGoDucks | #Ducks25 pic.twitter.com/mb2Cwx1Utn — Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 3, 2019
- When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
- TV: FSW, RSNW
- Stream: NHL.tv
- Radio: Calgary / Anaheim
- Opening NFL Odds: Calgary -167 / Anaheim +138 (total 5.5)
Why Bet On Calgary?
The Flames have won two straight and five of their last seven games including an emphatic 7-2 smackdown of Los Angeles on Monday night despite resting a half-dozen of their regular rotation players. Calgary reached 50 wins for the second time in franchise history as Derek Ryan scored twice and James Neal scored once and assisted on another goal to extend his point streak to three games.
“This is the best time of the year,” Neal said. “The team has been unbelievable all year. Proud of the way our guys have played. We’re going to have a great playoff run, so I’m excited for that.”
Calgary has scored five goals or more in five of their last seven victories and the Flames rank a stupendous fourth in scoring (3.5 gpg) and equally impressive 10th in goals allowed (2.8 gpg).
“This is the time of year where you really ramp it up for playoffs, so for us we want to be playing our best hockey going into the playoffs,” forward Mark Jankowski said.
- Goals: 3.59
- Shots: 32.47
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.85
- Goals: 2.76
- Shots: 28.05
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.33
Why Bet On Anaheim?
Anaheim might not be headed to the playoffs, but the Ducks are playing well down the closing stretch right now. Anaheim has won two of three and six of their last 10 games including an overpowering 5-1 beat-down of Edmonton on Saturday. Rickard Rakell put a hat trick on the board to lead the Ducks to the win. Rakell has been on fire lately, scoring seven goals in his last five games.
“It’s not just the goal scoring,” linemate Jakob Silfverberg of Rakell. “He’s more involved all over the ice. He has the puck a lot, and that’s when he’s at his best. He’s been getting some bounces and putting some nice ones in.”
The Ducks rank a dismal 31st in scoring (2.3 gpg) while ranking 19th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg).
- Goals: 2.39
- Shots: 27.59
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.22
- Goals: 3.10
- Shots: 33.16
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.07
Bruins vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Trends
- Calgary is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games
- Calgary is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Calgary’s last 9 games
- Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim’s last 5 games
- Anaheim is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know Anaheim is playing at home and they’re playing well, but the fact of the matter is that Calgary is by far, the better team in this matchup – and one with a lot to play for as they get set for the playoffs. The Flames are 9-1 in their last 10 games after scoring five goals or more in their previous contest and 9-3 in their last dozen games overall. Conversely, Anaheim has gone 2-5 in their last seven games against a team with a winning road record and 1-6 in their last seven games following a win. Calgary wins and covers the Puck Line in the process.
NHL Betting Pick: Calgary 5 Anaheim 3