The Calgary Flames (17-17-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Blackhawks (11-26-2) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago. Both the Flames and Blackhawks will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 ET.
Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks
The Calgary Flames Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Flames have a mark of 17-17-5. When going on the road, Calgary has a record of 8-10-4 record, while they are 9-7-1 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 12th in the Western conference. This season, Calgary’s average scoring margin is -0.2, which has their puck line record at 20-19. Their average home scoring margin is +.1, and in road games, it stands at -0.5.
In their most recent game, the Flames fell to the Flyers on the road by a score of 3-2. The Flames couldn’t find the net offensively in the first or third periods against the Flyers, but they did score two times in the second period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 24 shots on goal and had 5 turnovers.
As underdogs, Calgary suffered a loss but still covered the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
The Chicago Blackhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Blackhawks have a mark of 11-26-2. When going on the road, Chicago has a record of 4-17-1 record, while they are 7-9-1 at their home arena. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference. Chicago’s average scoring margin this season is -1.5, leading to an overall puck line record of 17-22. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of -0.5, while on the road, it is -2.2.
Following a 4-2 loss on the road to the Devils, the Blackhawks are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Blackhawks scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. One of Chicago’s two goals came while in power play, while they scored one time when shorthanded. They finished the game with 25 shots on goal.
As the underdog, Chicago suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 6 goals.
Calgary Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Flames have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 9th in the league. The Flames went 10-9 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-8.
The Flames come in with an over/under record of 21-17-1. Over the season, there have been 20 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.3 goals per game.
Chicago Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Blackhawks are averaging 2.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 29th in the league. Chicago’s offense comes into the game ranked 27th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
So far, the Blackhawks have an over/under record of 16-21-2. Coming into the game, they have played 16 games that went beyond the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.1 goals per game.
Calgary Team Defense
Defensively, the Flames come into the season ranked 17th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Calgary. For the season, they are ranked 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Chicago Team Defense
Defensively, the Blackhawks are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 33 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 21st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Flames vs Blackhawks Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Calgary has an puck line record of just 8-2. However, their overall record was 4-6 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-10 while going 1-9 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 0-5 and an puck line mark of 1-4.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Flames have gone 3-7 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blackhawks to pick up on a win over the Flames at home. With the moneyline sitting at +197, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blackhawks straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Blackhawks winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Blackhawks straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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