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Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames 4/18/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Calgary Flames (46-20-9) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (25-39-11)
April 18, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +263 / Calgary Flames -333; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Calgary Flames and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center from Monday night.

The Calgary Flames will look to build on their 9-1 rout of the Arizona Coyotes last time out. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring with 105 points including a team-high 69 assists while Elias Lindholm has 78 points with 39 assists and 39 goals with Gaudreau posting a +59 plus/minus rating while Lindholm also has a +55 rating. Matthew Tkachuk has 39 goals and 57 assists for his 96 points while Andrew Mangiapane has 51 points and 32 goals of his own. Jacob Markstrom’s gone 35-15-8 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage up to this point in the season in goal for Calgary.

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to bounce back from a 4-3 loss at the hands of Nashville last time out. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 88 points including 25 goals and 63 assists while Seth Jones has 49 points including 44 assists and Alex DeBrincat also has 72 points with a team-high 39 goals this season. Kevin Lankinen is 5-13-6 with a 3.68 GAA and an .887 save percentage in goal for Chicago this season.

Calgary is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 26-10 in their last 36 games overall while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games as a road favorite. Chicago is 16-35 in their last 51 home games and 20-47 in their last 67 games as an underdog while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the Pacific division.

I get the case to be made for a home underdog in some spots, but the Blackhawks have clearly mailed it in and are just playing out the string. I’m not sure Calgary scores 9 goals again, but the Flames are the far better team and are the only ones with anything to play for at this point in the season, still trying to lock up the Pacific division. Give me the Flames -1.5 here as they put the boots to Chicago.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Calgary -1.5
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