SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena. The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing five of their last six games.
The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary with 20 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 35 assists and Blake Coleman has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 67 goals on 886 shots faced, and Dan Vladar has allowed 25 goals on 277 shots.
The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 12.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 16 goals, Phil Kessel has 23 assists and Lawson Crouse has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 72 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 52 goals on 514 shots faced, and Karel Vejmelka has given up 79 goals on 805 shots.
The Flames are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Coyotes are 6-21 in their last 27 home games and 15-45 in their last 60 overall. The over is 2-0-2 in Flames last 4 road games. The under is 4-1 in Coyotes last 5 home games. The Flames are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Calgary Flames are playing the better hockey right now, and they’ve done some of their best work against teams they should beat. The Arizona Coyotes just can’t get out of their own way, and playing on the end of a back to back doesn’t help matters. The Coyotes have been fade material for much of the season. Give me the Flames and the PL for max betting value.