Avalanche Vs. Flames Predictions | NHL Playoffs 2019 Game 5 Picks
Colorado Avalanche Vs. Calgary Flames Betting Preview
The team with the best regular season record in NHL is already watching the playoffs from home. The best record in the West, the Calgary Flames, could soon join them if they don’t snap back from a three-game losing streak against the Avalanche. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup first round playoffs series will be an elimination matchup for the Flames, and it sure will be a great watch.
With their backs against the wall, the Flames are astonished the series has turned the way it did, especially in the last three games. Calgary outplayed Colorado in Game 1, and the nature of the series had its course pretty much written. But then the Avalanche adjusted and haven’t looked back since.
Calgary was the second-best scoring team in the NHL this past season, averaging 3.52 goals per game. Only Tampa Bay had a better goal average. And now that the Lightning is out of the playoffs, we know that goal scoring average means nothing. The Flames were +1000 in the future odds to win the Stanley Cup before Game 4 was played. After all, it was their chance to level the series by taking back home-ice. With a 2-0 lead, everything looked scripted, until it wasn’t. Their 3-2 overtime loss to go down 3-1 in the series is the most significant loss of the season for them, especially with a 2-0 goal lead in the third period.
Calgary is now +1400 at MyBookie.ag to turn this thing around and make a run for the Stanley Cup. That’s an implied probability of 7%, which is not bad, considering they will face elimination on every game from now. The Avalanche is feeling pretty good about themselves right now. In Game 1 they were shut down by Calgary, and since then they have averaged 4.0 goals per game in the next three meetings. How have they done it? They applied a lot of pressure and created changes from within. In Game 5 alone they outshot the Flames 52 to 37.
Colorado is now +1100 to win the Stanley Cup, with an 8% of chances to making happen. The Avalanche is feeling good about this series, but can they do the same going forward? There are no series prices for the Flames and the Avalanche, but if you like a comeback, this is the time. Calgary will host two of the next three games if necessary. They need to win the game on Friday to send all the pressure back to Colorado for a potential Game 6.
If I’m the Flames’ coach, I would be going home thinking we had plenty of chances to put Game 4 to bed and we missed them. There is no need to overreact. Calgary was the third best home team in the NHL during the regular season. Game 5 is one they need to have. What’s the play? Calgary -180.
Money line: Colorado +150 vs. Calgary -180
Puck line: Colorado +1.5 (-180) vs Calgary -1.5 (+150)
Game total: 6 goals
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB, CA
Series: Colorado 3-1
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