Flames vs Kraken Odds
|Over/Under||6 (-115 / -105)|
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Friday’s NHL schedule features a Pacific Division tilt with the first-place Seattle Kraken hosting the fifth-place Calgary Flames
Calgary enters this contest following a disappointing loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Meanwhile, Seattle has won 10 of its last 13 games.
Here’s a look at the odds, as well as our betting pick and prediction for Flames vs Kraken.
The Calgary Flames have been involved in many low-scoring contests recently. In fact, there have been six or fewer total goals scored in 10 of Calgary’s last 15 games. This trend is a product of head coach Darryl Sutter’s stalwart defensive system.
Calgary ranks sixth in expected goals against per 60 minutes (xGA/60) at 5-on-5. Backing up this elite blue line is goaltender Daniel Vladar, who is projected to start between the pipes on Friday night since the Flames are on the second half of a back-to-back.
An above-average backup net-minder, Vladar is 10-4-4 with a .902 save percentage (SV%) and 2.75 goals against average (GAA) in 18 appearances in the crease. That play should continue against the Seattle Kraken — a team that Vladar dominated in their last meeting.
In his previous start against Seattle in December, Vladar stopped 29 of 31 shots for a .935 SV% en route to a 3-2 victory.
Seattle’s identity is that of a sandpaper lineup that is willing to make every night a grind for the opposition. The Kraken rank ninth in the league in xGA/60 at 5-on-5.
Backing up this strong defense is goaltender Martin Jones, who enters Friday’s contest in terrific form. Jones is 9-1 with a .915 SV% and 2.20 GAA in his last 10 starts.
This strong stretch of goaltending is likely to continue against Calgary, a team Jones has notoriously dominated. Over his last 10 starts against the Flames, Jones is 8-2 with a .938 SV% and 2.06 GAA.
Jones’ aptitude notwithstanding, the real reason why Seattle boasts a first-place ranking in the Pacific is its ability to finish offensively. However, regression is looming for the Kraken offense.
Seattle ranks first in goals for per 60 minutes (GF/60) at 5-on-5, but just 20th in xGF/60 at 5-on-5.
Flames vs Kraken Pick
Seattle’s sandpaper defense is often overshadowed by its offensive results. However, its offensive finishing is entirely unsustainable.
Moreover, coach Sutter possesses a defensive mind that makes life difficult for the opposition—but it is also the reason why Calgary sits in fifth place in the Pacific Division.
Sutter’s outdated style of coaching has resulted in a troubling record through the first half of the season despite a strong-willed defense.
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