Can the Anaheim Ducks Split the Season Series Against the Calgary Flames?
The Calgary Flames will be traveling to the Honda Center on Wednesday night to take on the Anaheim Ducks in a Pacific Division showdown. The Flames are atop the division (40-18-9, 89 points) so far, while the Ducks are sixth in the division (28-30-12, 68 points) as of this writing. This will be the fourth and final regular season matchup between these teams, as the Flames have won two of the three games thus far, including a 6-2 home win back on February 16.
There seems to be a bit of a skills gap between these teams, so this should be an interesting game to keep an eye out on. Let’s take a deeper dive into the Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks to figure out which side we should be betting on.
Can the Anaheim Ducks’ Centers Do Enough to Upset the Calgary Flames?
The offense of the Flames has been doing extremely well as they are scoring 3.46 goals on 35.8 shots per game so far. Left winger Johnny Gaudreau has been playing incredibly well as he is tied for 17th in the sport in goals, fifth in the NHL in assists, and fourth in all of hockey in points, as he has recorded 91 points (31 goals, 60 assists) while also adding 11 points in his previous five games. On the defensive side of the ice, Calgary is allowing 2.45 goals on 29.3 shot attempts up to this point. Goalie Jacob Markstrom has been one of the best players on the ice as he is 31-13-8 with 2.15 goals allowed per game and a .925 save percentage.
Center Troy Terry has been playing well this season for Anaheim as he is tied for 17th in the sport in goals and has posted 57 points (31 goals, 26 assists) while adding four additional points in his last three games played. Anaheim is averaging 2.77 goals on 29.6 shot attempts right now as a team. Goaltender John Gibson has been struggling inside of the net this year as he is 17-22-10 with a .905 save percentage and 3.09 goals allowed per game. On the defensive side of things, the Ducks are giving up 3.13 goals on 32.8 shots this season on the defensive side of things.
Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Betting Prediction
The Calgary Flames have proven they are the better team on both sides of the ice this season. A big reason is the ability to score goals on the power play, as the Flames are scoring on 24 percent of all their power play opportunities. All in all, go with the Calgary Flames to win the season series and cover the puck line on the road here.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.