Flames Vs. Penguins Predictions – Free NHL Picks For Tonight
Calgary Flames Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions
After two straight wins, the Pittsburgh Penguins are set to show us if their recent form is for real when they host the best team in the Western Conference, the Calgary Flames. Pittsburgh is trying to catch some fire late in the season, and there’s isn’t a better way to do it than by beating a top contender. Pittsburgh snapped a four-game losing skid with two wins in a row against the Philadelphia Flyers (4-1) and the Edmonton Oilers. Those wins allowed the Penguins to climb back into the last wildcard position in the Eastern Conference. They are three points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes, but they can’t get too comfortable with that slim lead.
Those wins against Philadelphia and Edmonton showed us Pittsburgh still can be dangerous. Their best players might be past their prime, but they can upset anyone on any given night. Betting on the Penguins has been a lousy experience this season, but they did deliver as favorites against both the Flyers and the Oilers. What makes the Penguins hard to deal with is their offense. Pittsburgh has the 5th best scoring offense in the NHL at a rate of 3.42 goals per game. With a little improvement on the defensive effort, they can be a dark horse in the playoffs.
Calgary has seen better days than the last two weeks. The Flames have lost four in a row, including the last three on the road. Losses against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks are expected, but they need to be better against Vancouver and Florida. Calgary has allowed 4.5 goals per game in those four losses. Even with those four defeats, the Flames are the best team in the West. The issue is both Winnipeg and San Jose has tied them at the top with 75 points. Another loss in a row would set the alarms off.
Pittsburgh and Calgary are two of the best five scoring teams in the league. We should expect a fast pace high scoring affair on Saturday night. The OVER might be in the books for this one. But if I have to choose a side, I can see the Penguins winning this one. The Flames are just on an awful run at the moment. What’s the play? Penguins.
Money line: -133
Game total: 6.5
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Game time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
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