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Where: Pepsi Center, Denver Colorado
When: Monday, April 15, 2019, 10:00pm Eastern
We have a Western Conference playoff matchup to consider when the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche meet in Denver for Game Three of their best of seven series. This series is knotted up at one game apiece, making game three an important one for both sides. I’m the Flash and am pleased to be the one to discuss this contest with you today.
Calgary Loses Home Ice Advantage
Calgary took game one of this series by a score of 4-0 and then failed to hold their home ice advantage, losing game two in overtime by a score of 3-2. Mike Smith pitched a shutout in game one but allowed a top-shelf goal to Nathan McKinnon in overtime in what would prove to be the game winner and knot this series at one-all. Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson each lit the lamp once in a losing cause for Calgary.
"I didn't think we started on time, by any stretch of the imagination."
Bill Peters assesses his team's play in Game 2. pic.twitter.com/YRWXV5Aspa
— z – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 14, 2019
The Flames aren’t listing anyone on their injury report for this game.
Smith is 1-1 this series and will likely be protecting the cage on Monday night. Smith has allowed just three goals in this series and is coming off a 23-16-2 season with 2.72 goals against average and 89 percent save percentage. Smith has an away record of 10-8-1 this season with 2.64 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage with one shutout this season.
Colorado Steal a Victory in Calgary
Colorado took back the Flames home ice advantage with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Flames in their own barn. Matt Nieto and J.T. Compher each scored lone goals and Nathan McKinnon scored the game-winner in overtime off a nifty takeaway and pass from Mikko Rantanen for the winning goal. It was an incredible team effort for the Avalanche and now they need to hold serve at home, and that begins on Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
— Altitude Sports Radio (@AltitudeSR) April 14, 2019
The Avalanche aren’t reporting any significant injuries for this series with Calgary.
Philipp Grubauer has been solid this postseason, allowing five goals on 68 shots for a 92 percent save percentage in this series. That resembles his regular season record of 18-9-5 with 2.64 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage he posted this season. Grubauer has a home record of 10-5-1 with a 2.56 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage with two shutouts at the Pepsi Center this season.
- Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 home games.
- Avalanche are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Flames are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite of -151 to -200.
- Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central.
- Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Flames have had a fantastic regular season, but game two didn’t resemble that at all and now they have to play in the high altitude of Colorado, where they were 1-0 this season. This is the postseason and the momentum has clearly swung the Avalanche way. Colorado finished tenth this season in goals scored and I look for the Avalanche to take it to the Flames on Monday night, where they were 21-14-6 this season. We make “Cash with the Flash” when we play the Colorado Avalanche.
Prediction: Colorado +110
Full-Game Total Pick
I see this game finishing like the last two; a hard-fought contest with strong goaltending and decided by a goal or two and at the most five goals scored combined between the two sides. I saw the following trends that might be helpful for this contest;
- Under is 5-0 in Avalanche last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Under is 10-1 in Avalanche last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 9-1 in Avalanche last 10 games following a win.
We make “Cash with the Flash” when we play the under on Monday night.
Prediction: Under Six Goals