The Flames and Blackhawks are set to face off at 3:00 ET on NBCS. The Blackhawks will host the game at United Center in Chicago, IL. The Flames are the favorites in this Western conference matchup against Blackhawks. The over/under for the game is set at 6 goals.

CALGARY FLAMES VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +1.5

This game will be played at United Center at 3:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blackhawks to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+197)
  • The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Flames Make it Happen on the Road?

This season, the Flames currently hold an overall record of 17-17-5. When playing on the road, Calgary has a 8-10-4 record, while they are 9-7-1 at home. Their current record places them 6th in the Western Pacific division and 12th in the Western conference.

In terms of the puck line, Calgary posted a 20-19 record. On the road they are 11-11 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 9-8. For the season, Calgary's games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Flames have an over/under record of 21-17-1.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Calgary has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

Offensively, the Flames come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 9th position in the league. So far this year, the Flames are 10-9 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-8 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Calgary's current leading scorer is Blake Coleman. This season, he has 15 goals, which puts him 45th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Coleman has 15 assists this season.

Defensively, the Blackhawks come into the season ranked 5th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33 shots per game against Chicago. For the season, they are ranked 21st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Dan Vladar gets the start and has made 12 starts this season. His record at this point is 6-4, and his save percentage is 0.46568627450980393%.

Will the Blackhawks Make it Happen at Home?

In today's game, the Blackhawks will be looking to break out of a four game losing streak. Currently, their record is 11-26-2 which comprises of going 7-9-1 at home and 4-17-1 on the road. This record has them sitting 8th in the Western Central division and 15th in the Western conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Chicago has a 17-22 record. On the road they are 7-15 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is10-7. The average goal total for Chicago's games is sitting at 6.1. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Blackhawks come in with an over/under record of 16-21-2.

Through their last three home contests, the Blackhawks offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Chicago posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.

For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2.3 goals per game this season, which is 30th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 29th in the league. Chicago's offense comes into the game ranked 27th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.

Chicago's leading goal scorer is Connor Bedard. So far this season, he has 15 goals, placing him 40th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Bedard has 18 assists this season.

The Blackhawks defense is currently 5th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 33 shots per game against Chicago. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 21st with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Petr Mrazek comes into the game having made 23 starts this season. So far, his record is 9-13 and he has a save percentage of 0.9215686274509803%.