Calgary Flames vs Seattle Kraken NHL Pick – April 9

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey on April 9 as we near the playoffs. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Calgary Flames and the Seattle Kraken. These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but will look for a big win. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Calgary has earned a record of 43-19-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the Pacific division. The Flames have won three games in a row and five of their last eight. Calgary is close to clinching a playoff spot and have a six point lead on the second place Oilers. The Flames will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Kraken have posted a record of 23-42-6 so far this season, which has them in last place of the Pacific division. Seattle is coming off a win in their last game and has won five of their last nine. The Kraken have been eliminated from the playoffs, but will look to play spoiler late in the season. I expect Seattle to come out fast at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Flames have been on a roll as of late and are looking to lock up the top spot in the division. Seattle has been struggling this season, but will look to finish their first ever season strong. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+130) -200 Over 6 (-110)
Seattle Kraken +1 ½ (-150) +170 Under 6 (-110)

 

Team Data Calgary Flames Seattle Kraken
Overall Record 43-19-9 23-42-6
Away/ Home Record 22-11-2 12-20-3
Goals Per Game 3.48 2.58
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.34 2.60
Save Percentage .915 .882
Save Percentage Away/ Home .916 .875

Betting Trends

Calgary Flames

  • 3-1 in April
  • 12-5 in Saturday games
  • 13-9 against divisional opponents
  • 12-9 after a divisional game
  • 19-14 after a win by two or more goals
  • 24-12 after scoring four or more goals
  • 11-4 after three or more straight wins
  • 21-8 against team with a losing record

Seattle Kraken

  • 2-2 in April
  • 3-11 in Saturday games
  • 5-19 against divisional opponent
  • 0-1 after earning a shutout in previous game
  • 4-9 after a win by two or more goals
  • 13-30 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. Seattle hosted the first game on December 30. Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist, while Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and two assists. The Flames earned a 6-4 win. The second game shifted to Calgary. Elias Lindholm and Tkachuk both had a goal and an assist, while Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Flames won 2-1.

Special Teams

The Flames have been strong on special teams throughout this season. Calgary has scored on 46 of their 199 power play opportunities, which is a 23.1 percent power play. The Flames have given up 35 power play goals on 211 penalties against, which is an 83.4 percent kill rate. Calgary is 10th on the power play and 5th on the kill this season.

Seattle has been struggling on both sides of special teams. The Kraken have capitalized on 27 of their 186 power play chances, which is a 14.5 percent success rate. Seattle has killed off 145 of their opponents 193 power play attempts, which is a 75.1 percent penalty kill. The Kraken are 29th on the man advantage and 27th on the penalty kill.

Calgary has a massive edge on special teams entering this one. Calgary has been the better team on the power play and penalty kill. The Kraken will look for their special teams to step up early in this one. The Flames have two power play goals in the first two games against Seattle. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Jacob Marktrom to get the start in the crease for Calgary in this one. Markstrom has earned a record of 33-14-8 throughout his 56 starts on the season. He has posted a .924 save percentage and a GAA of 2.18 in those outings. Markstrom’s last start was against the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win.

Philipp Grubauer will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Kraken on Saturday night. Grubauer has started in 49 games this season, going 16-28-5 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .891 and a 3.12 GAA in his starts. Grubauer stopped all 29 shots he faced in his last start against the Chicago Blackhawks.

These two goalies have had opposite seasons, but will look for a big win. Markstrom has been stronger on the season and has won two starts in a row. Grubauer is coming off a big win and has won three of his last five. Both goalies will look to come out strong in this one. If either goalie can set the pace early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings, but I expect a close game. The Flames won the first two games of the season series, but I think Seattle could win the front half of this home and home. Both teams are playing their third game in four nights. If the Kraken can grab an early lead, I think they can pull off the upset.

Bovada has the Flames listed as a -200 against the money line in this one. This implies that Calgary will win this game around 66.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Seattle at home. The Flames won the first two games, but I think the Kraken could bounce back. As big home underdogs, I like the value on the Kraken.

The Bet
Seattle Kraken
+170
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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