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Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 10-20-2019
On Sunday night, the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks will do battle in this Pacific Division matchup. The starting goalies are Cam Talbot for Calgary and John Gibson for Anaheim. Puck drop is set for 9:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on PRIT.
Flames Goaltending Is Heating UpThe Calgary Flames have been playing some solid hockey. The goaltending is heating up and the team is scoring in every period. Calgary has played well in most of these games at home. However, on the road, the Flames are 0-2-1. The goaltending has been poor on the road and the scoring has gone flat. Also, Calgary is 1-2-1 against the Pacific Division.
Here is what Milan Lucic had to say about the teams depth growing, after their 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
“It means everything to a team’s success,” said summer acquisition Milan Lucic, who collected his first point in the Flaming C with an assist on Bennett’s third-period strike and was saluted afterward with the Calgary Police Service cowboy-hat. “I mean, you look at the teams that finish atop the standings every year, it’s contributions throughout. You look at the Stanley Cup winner at the end of the year, it’s not just two or three guys or two lines carrying the load. It’s different guys stepping up at different times. So you need that contribution throughout the lineup if you want to have success.
“Maybe we needed to get challenged a little sooner as a group about our secondary scoring, but it’s a good feeling for us to step up and contribute in these last two wins.”
The Flames need to start playing better on the road. If they really want to show off that rising depth, than they need to start producing away from Canada. Calgary has had better first periods and usually find themselves down after the opening period. They might be a little tired in this game because, it will be night two of back to back games. Luckily the Flames are trending up with consistent scoring and solid goaltending. Calgary's power play is doing well and the shot total is high. They need to block more shots and keep staying disciplined because the Ducks will take their share of penalties on their own.
Ducks Looking To Stay Unbeaten At HomeThe Anaheim Ducks are off to a great start. After a surprising down season last year, the Ducks are flying high and they are second in goals allowed in the Western Conference. They are also 4-0 at home and have given up just six goals at the Honda Center. Anaheim has just beaten two other hot teams in the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Now they will be ready for the tough Flames and trying to quack their way to 5-0 at home.
Here is what head coach Dallas Eakins had to say about his Ducks keeping up with the Hurricanes:
“For us to come in and be able to skate with them and be fortunate enough to come out on top, it reinforces what we’re trying to build and lets us leave the rink with a little bit of extra confidence,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “The group has really embraced how we want to play.”
The Ducks seem to be matching up with any team that comes into Anaheim. They have been a little better at staying out of the penalty box and limiting the amount of hits they do. Instead, the Ducks are winning more faceoffs and cashing in on those grade A chances. Anaheim can score more goals at home, if they can stop giving the puck away so easily. The goaltending depth of Ryan Miller and Gibson has been very clutch as well. This team is confident when both goalies get their starts and it allows the defense to relax a little more. Everyone is getting good looks at the net and the mix of veterans and rookies is coming together nicely.
- Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
- Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
- Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road underdog.
- Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 road games.
- Flames are 2-14 in their last 16 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Flames are a good team, but so far, they just play way different on the road. The goaltending hasn't been there for them and they keep playing catch up. Calgary is usually pretty good against their division opponents, but it looks like the overall division will be strong this season, with teams like Anaheim and Edmonton, looking for a bounce back season. The Ducks are confident and have given up two goals or less in seven of their first eight games of the year. They have the third best goal differential and a lot of their players have positive numbers when it comes to the plus minus range. Look for another low scoring game at the Honda Center, where the Ducks win 3-2.
Prediction: Anaheim Ducks -114
Full-Game Total Pick
Whatever the over/under ends up to be, this game will be under that total. The Flames will have their backup Talbot going. So far this season he has played in one game and gave up three goals, in a road loss to the San Jose Sharks. Calgary might be tired from their game against LA and Talbot will probably be facing a lot of shots on net. He will have to be the Flames player on the ice and his stops will create shifts in momentum at times for his team. Gibson has been lights out this season, going 4-2, with a 1.85 GAA, and a .941 save percentage. Look for him to start strong for his Ducks and try to beat another elite team. Both these teams love to go to the penalty box and that means a lot of power play chances. These teams will match each other with the scoring and Anaheim will take the lead on a power play goal in the third.