NHL – Trends of the Day 12/15/2018

Last Updated: 2018-12-15

NHL – TRENDS OF THE DAY

It’s been a busy couple of days in the National Hockey League as they were eight games on both Thursday and Friday, but Saturday features 10 contests including the red-hot Calgary Flames taking on the Minnesota Wild. In other action, the Anaheim Ducks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Toronto Maple Leafs battle the Florida Panthers.

Lines provided by BetDSI Sportsbook. Get the trends for all National Hockey League Games here.

Featured Game

  • Calgary Flames (+115) vs. Minnesota Wild (-135)

The Calgary Flames enter this contest in first in the Pacific Division with a 20-10-2 record (42 points). They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and are 9-7-0 on the road this season. The Minnesota Wild are in fourth place in the Central Division with a 17-12-2 record (36 points). Minnesota is 10-4-2 at home this season and they are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.

Goaltending Matchup:

Calgary will send David Rittich between the pipes. Rittich is 9-3-1 this season with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. He won his last appearance, coming in late to help the team in a 6-5 overtime victory over Philadelphia on December 12. Previously, the Flames goaltender had lost three of four starts. This coming after a personal five-game winning streak.

Minnesota will counter with Devan Dubnyk, who is 12-9-2 this season with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Dubnyk has won his last two starts, giving up a single goal in each of those contests. He has won three of his last four starts.

Hot Trends:

The Calgary Flames are…

  • 6-1 in their last seven games.
  • 4-1 in their last five games against Western Conference opponents.
  • 6-1 in their last seven games against Central Division teams.
  • 1-9 in their last 10 games on the road when facing a team with a winning percentage at home of greater than .600.

The Minnesota Wild are…

  • 35-17 in their last 52 games at home.
  • 9-4 in their last 13 games at home when facing a team with a winning record on the road.
  • 3-10 in their last 13 games against teams with a winning percentage greater than .600.

Stat Pack:

Flames:
Goals For: 3.5
Goals Against: 2.8
Power-Play: 22.1%
Penalty Killing: 78.2%

Wild:
Goals For: 3.2
Goals Against: 2.9
Power-Play: 25.3%
Penalty Killing: 85.1%

Prediction

Calgary has dominated this series of late, winning six of eight. The Flames enter this contest on fire (no pun intended) as winners of six of their last seven games, but Minnesota has won two straight and has been deadly at home. There are few teams who have taken advantage of home ice like the Wild over the last decade and we look for that to continue here.

The total has gone under in each of the last four meetings between these two teams in Minnesota and has gone under in three of the last four overall. Take Minnesota to win, 3-2.

Two Games to Watch

  • Toronto Maple Leafs (-145) vs. Florida Panthers (+125)

Toronto is currently in second in the Atlantic Division with 43 points while Florida finds themselves in last. The Maple Leafs have won 13 of their last 19 games and are 12-5 in their last 17 games on the road. Meanwhile, Florida has lost four straight and are 16-39 in their last 55 games at home when facing a team with a winning percentage on the road of greater than .600.

The odds clearly seem to be in the favor of the Maple Leafs, but consider that the home team has won six straight in this series and the Panthers are 12-5 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Florida.

The total has gone under in four of the last five between these two teams and is set at 6.5 for this contest.

  • Anaheim Ducks (+155) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (-175)

Anaheim enters this contest tied for second in the Pacific Division with 39 points while Columbus is in second in the Metropolitan Division with 36 points. The Ducks are soaring at this point, winning eight of their last 10 games including seven of their last eight. They have won their last four games on the road and are 5-1 in their last six games against Eastern Conference teams.

The Blue Jackets are not faring as well, splitting their last 10 and they have lost four of their last five games following a victory. Plus, they are 2-11 in their last 13 games on a Saturday and are 1-4 in their last five games against teams from the Pacific.

The home team has won four straight in this series and Anaheim has struggled in Ohio, losing four straight in Columbus.

The total has gone over in four of the last five meetings between these two teams. Anaheim has gone over in four of their last five games. The total is set at 5.5.

*** END OF DECEMBER 15th NHL TRENDS ***

 

 

NHL – TRENDS OF THE DAY

For the second straight night in the National Hockey League, there are eight games scheduled. That starts with a Central Division battle between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues. In other action, the Arizona Coyotes take on the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins battled the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lines provided by BetDSI Sportsbook. Get the trends for all National Hockey League Games here.

Featured Game

  • Colorado Avalanche (-122) vs. St. Louis Blues (+102)

Colorado enters this game and third place in the division with a 17-9-5 record (39 points). The Avalanche are 11-6-2 on the road this season and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. St. Louis is in sixth place in the division with an 11-14-4 record (26 points). The Blues are 7-8-2 at home this season and are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Goaltending Matchup:

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for Colorado. The Avalanche netminder is 10-7-3 this season with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He has lost his last three starts, giving up a combined total of 14 goals on 73 shots. His only victory over his last five starts was a shutout win over the Detroit Red Wings on December 2.

Jake Allen will be in goal for the St. Louis Blues. Allen is 9-8-4 this season with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. He won his last start on December 11, allowing three goals on 25 shots to Florida. He has alternated wins and losses over his last seven starts.

Hot Trends:

The Avalanche are 6-2 in their last eight games against Western Conference opponents and are 5-2 in their last seven games against teams with a losing record. Colorado is 1-4 in their last five games on Friday.

St. Louis has won their last six games on Friday but has lost their last five games following a victory. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games against Western Conference opponents and are 2-5 in their last seven games at home.

Stat Pack:

Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game while giving up 3.0 goals per contest.
Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game while allowing 3.3 goals per contest.

Prediction

While Colorado has clearly played better than St. Louis this season, the Blues are winners of 10 of the last 13 meetings between these two teams and have won 13 of the last 16 games in St. Louis. With Varlamov struggling and Allen playing significantly better, look for St. Louis to pull out a 5-4 victory.

Two Games to Watch

  • Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

The home team has won the last eight meetings between these two teams, despite the fact that Boston has won four of the last five overall. The Bruins are 19-7 in their last 26 games against Metropolitan Division teams, but they are 8-19 in their last 27 games on the road.

Pittsburgh has lost four of their last five games on Friday but they have won five of their last six against teams with a winning record. The Penguins are 5-16 in their last 21 games against Eastern Conference foes.

  • Arizona Coyotes vs. New York Rangers

Arizona has lost four straight games against teams from the Eastern Conference and is 34-80 in their last 114 games on the road. However, they have won five of their last seven on Friday.

The Rangers are winners of eight of their last 10 at home but have lost four of their last five overall. New York has lost four of their last five on Friday.

Arizona has played terribly in New York, going 1-10 in the last 11 meetings there. The home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams. The Rangers are 22-7 in the last 29 meetings between the two teams.

*** END OF DECEMBER 14 NHL TRENDS ***

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