Calgary Flames (@2.65) vs Colorado Avalanche (@2.05)
04-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Colorado Avalanche will win

Calgary Flames – Colorado Avalanche Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 21:05

Mark Giordano (CGY): As mentioned above, Giordano's regular season numbers in 2018-19 werefar and away the best of his career. The 35-year-old defenseman has been a force to be reckoned with offensively, and if he's able to bring that over into the playoffs he could prove to be the difference between a pair of teams that each boast top-level scoring talent.

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They are 7th in the league with 144 goals while they've given up 129 goals, which is 13th overall. The Avalanche have allowed 149 power play opportunities and have given up 34 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 77% this year. They average 32 shots per game and as a team shoot 10.71% for the season. They allow 32 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 91%, which is ranked 16th in the league. That is 26th in the NHL. The Avalanche have 48 total points this season, ranking 15th in the NHL in offense. They have had 157 power play opportunities and scored 42 goals on those chances for a percentage of 27%. That is 5th in the NHL.

The Flames racked up 107 points for a reason and I think the OT home loss will be a bit of a wakeup call that the Avs aren't going to go easily. Calgary was a big favorite in Game 2 but could not finish the job and now are in danger of going behind in the series on the road. But I don't think that happens. Calgary has done well as a favorite this season and I am betting on it to get the job done here.

Colorado Avalanche - Calgary Flames Betting Tips & Betting Predictions & Match Preview

Puck drop will come shortly after 10 p.m. The Colorado Avalanche looks to roll through the Calgary Flames Friday and finish off its Western Conference Quarterfinal with a 4-1 first-round series win. The Flames entered the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the west with the Avalanche making the postseason as only the second wild-card team in the conference. at Scotiabank Saddledome.

As for Colorado, the three-headed monster of Nathan MacKinnon (41 goals, 58 assists),MikkoRantanen (31 goals, 56 assists) and Landeskog (34 goals, 41 assists) will be expected to provide the bulk of the scoring. The Avalanche captain, Landeskogreturned from injury at the end of March and immediately picked up where he left off, recording six points over the final five games of the regular season to lead the Avalanche to a 3-1-1 record.

Sean Monahan put Calgary ahead at 2-1 with 7:33 left in the third period on a goal assisted by Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau. Calgary was unable to take a decisive series lead Saturday night as it dropped a 3-2 overtime decision at home against Colorado in Game 2. After a scoreless first period, the Avalanche grabbed the 1-0 advantage in the second period. Mike Smith recorded 36 saves on 39 shots in the defeat. But the Flames evened it back up with 7:34 remaining in the second on a Rasmus Andersson power play goal assisted by Sam Bennett and Mikael Backlund. The Avs proceeded to score the tying goal later in the third before winning it in OT.

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Nathan MacKinnon led the Avs in scoring boasting a team-high 99 points as well as team-high tallies of 41 goals and 58 assists. Semyon Varlamov and Phillipp Grubauer split the time between the pipes for the Avs with Varlamov finishing the year with a record of 20-19-9 with a 2.87 GAA and 2 shutouts while Grubauer went 18-9-5 with 3 shutouts and a 2.64 GAA this season. Mikko Rantanen wasnt far off of the pace, finishing the year with 87 points, including 56 assists of his own. The Colorado Avalanche come into the postseason as the 2nd wild card team, finishing the regular season with a record of 38-30-14, translating to 90 points, the lowest total of any team in the playoffs this season.

"Obviously, it's a cool moment." Forward Matt Nieto, who entered the series without a goal since Dec. Pretty special, though," said Makar, a No. 4 overall pick in 2017 who led Massachusetts to the Frozen Four and was named the Hobey Baker Award winner this season. Colorado Avalanche: Cale Makar made a loud introduction just one day after signing a three-year contact with Colorado, becoming the first defenseman in league history to make his NHL debut in the playoffs and score a goal. "It's pretty weird. 6, has notched short-handed tallies in each of the past two games.