Explosive Offenses Taking Ice in Colorado
A pair of Stanley Cup title contenders are set to take the ice in Colorado on Sunday night when the Avalanche greet the Calgary Flames. Both teams appear to be locks to make the postseason, and this could be a potential playoff series preview.
Calgary enters Sunday night with 79 points, and they have also won three of their last five games. The Flames have been a pleasant surprise but they also look like a team that can make a deep run.
Colorado has actually lost two straight games, but they will still enter Sunday night with 87 points on the year. The Avalanche continue to be betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and they are nearly impossible to beat at home.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Colorado Avalanche as the betting favorites at -160 on the moneyline.
Flames Have to Control the Pace
The Calgary Flames come in averaging 3.48 goals per game, but they are also allowing just 2.4 goals. Though the Flames are able to outscore opponents, they are going to have to win this game with some defense.
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has been terrific in net as he has posted a record of 28-11-6. Markstrom sets the tone for this team, but the Flames are also going to need some terrific play on special teams to slow down the Avalanche.
The Flames just went into Tampa Bay and picked up a 4-1 win, and that makes them a pretty solid team to bet online. Calgary has scored on the power play 23% of the time while also killing off nearly 86% of their penalties.
Avalanche Can Get Rolling on Offense
The Colorado Avalanche enter averaging 3.85 goals per game, and they are one of the most explosive teams in the NHL. Colorado has scored just three goals in the last two games and was actually shut out in a recent loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Despite getting shut out, head coach Jared Bednar said, “I thought it was a well-played hockey game by both teams.” This Avalanche team tends to win games on offense, but they are also allowing just 2.9 goals per game.
Center Nazem Kadri leads the way with 50 assists and 72 total points, and it is Gabriel Landeskog that has registered a team-high 30 goals on the year. When this Colorado offense is clicking on all cylinders they can be a nightmare to deal with.
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche Head-to-Head
This is just the second meeting between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche this season as these teams are not in the same division. Calgary actually picked up a 4-3 win in Colorado earlier this month and will be looking for a repeat performance.
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche Game Information
Game: Calgary Flames (36-15-7) at Colorado Avalanche (41-13-5)
Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Day/Time: Sunday, March 13, 8 p.m. ET
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche Betting Lines
Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche Prediction
If you are an NHL fan that loves to see some goals, this is the game that you should be watching. Both the Flames and Avalanche are terrific on the offensive end of the ice, and there will be plenty of goals scored in this game.
Calgary has actually been the better defensive team this season, but they are playing a Colorado team that is desperate to turn things around. The Flames will be able to keep this one close, but it’s hard to see them competing for a full 60 minutes.
Colorado needs a win, and they will come up with a late goal to take control of this hockey game. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Colorado Avalanche -160 over the Calgary Flames.