APR 07 - Calgary At San Jose NHL Expert Picks

Calgary At San Jose NHL Expert Picks

Written by on April 7, 2017

This is the time of the year when hockey fans start to get a little impatient, especially when they have a team that is headed to the playoffs. It’s the final weekend of the regular season, and while there are still a couple of things to take care of, most of the games this weekend are more of a formality than anything else. The Calgary Flames are back in the postseason after missing out last year, and they have already announced that some of their prospects will be getting ice time in their final two games. It is more than likely that those guys will be hitting the ice on Saturday, which will be the final game of the season for Calgary. This one will also serve as the final game of the season for San Jose, who will also be playing beyond the regular season. The Sharks are unlikely to move out of their current standing, so they don’t really have any reason to go all out for the win, other than to head into the postseason with some momentum, which has been missing for them recently. Find out more about the updated NHL betting odds here.

Here’s A Closer Look At The Calgary Flames At San Jose Sharks NHL Expert Picks

When: Saturday, April 8 at 10 PM EST Where: SAP Center, San Jose TV: CSN+ Live Stream: NHL.TV NHL Odds: Sharks -1.5 (+210)  

Why bet on the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames (45-32-4) have been one of the best teams in the league during the second half of the season, although they have stepped off the gas a little coming down the stretch. The Flames have an exciting young team, and they have done a fantastic job of spreading out the goals through the course of the season. You look at the numbers with this team, though, and you really do start to wonder how they have made it to the postseason. They are somewhere in the middle of the pack in all the major stats, yet have consistently found a way to win. It has been their Power Play that has been getting the job done as of late, and that could help them steal a game or two in the postseason if it keeps clicking.

Why bet on the San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks (45-29-7) are not finishing the season particularly well, and are just 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. The Sharks have been good at home, though, and are sporting a 25-11-4 record at the SAP Center. Where they have not had much success this season is against the Flames, as they have lost 3 of the 4 meetings with Calgary. They have in fact lost 2 in a row to the Flames, giving up 8 goals in the process, which is a little surprising given that the Sharks have the 6th best goals against record in the NHL.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Ordinarily, I would take the Flames to win this one without really giving it much thought, but the fact that they plan on resting some key players gives me some pause. That said, I still think they will find a way to win this one.

Calgary Flames 3 San Jose Sharks 2