Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames NHL Pick – April 14

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout Thursday night. Twelve games are up on the board throughout April 14. One of these games will be between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Calgary Flames. These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.

Vegas has earned a record of 40-29-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Pacific division. The Golden Knights are coming off a loss in their last game, but have won six of their last eight. Vegas is three points out of a wild card spot and the third spot in the division. The Golden Knights will look for a huge two points.

The Flames have put up a record of 45-19-9 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the Pacific division. Calgary has won five games in a row and seven of their last ten. The Flames have a nine point lead on the top spot in the division. Calgary will look to grab a pivotal win at home on Wednesday night as they look to lock up a playoff spot.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win in this one. The Golden Knights are still trying to claw their way into a playoff spot, while Calgary is looking to lock up the top spot in the Pacific. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Vegas Golden Knights +1 ½ (-185) +135 Over 6 (-110)
Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+160) -160 Under 6 (-110)

 

Team Data Vegas Golden Knights Calgary Flames
Overall Record 40-29-5 45-19-9
Away/ Home Record 19-15-2 22-8-7
Goals Per Game 3.16 3.51
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.94 3.65
Save Percentage .901 .915
Save Percentage Away/ Home .899 .913

Betting Trends

Vegas Golden Knights

  • 3-2 in April
  • 15-8 against divisional opponents
  • 9-13 after a divisional game
  • 17-11 after allowing four or more goals
  • 16-14 after scoring four goals or more
  • 16-18 against team with a winning record

Calgary Flames

  • 5-1 in April
  • 15-9 against divisional opponents
  • 14-9 after a divisional game
  • 21-14 after a win by two or more goals
  • 26-12 after scoring four goals or more
  • 13-4 after three straight wins
  • 20-16 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. Vegas hosted the first game on December 5. Nicolas Roy had a goal and an assist, while Robin Lehner stopped 23 of 25 shots in the 3-2 win for the Golden Knights. The second game shifted to Calgary on February 9. Mikael Backlund had a goal and three assists and Jacob Markstrom had a 28 shot shutout as the Flames won 6-0.

Special Teams

The Golden Knights have struggled on both sides of special teams on the season. Vegas has scored on 34 of their 194 power play chances, which is a 17.5 percent power play. The Golden Knights have killed off 151 of their opponents 195 power play attempts, which is a 77.4 percent kill rate. Vegas is 24th on the power play and 21st on the kill this season.

Calgary has been strong on both sides of special teams on the season. The Flames have capitalized on 49 of their 208 power play opportunities, which is a 23.5 percent success rate. Calgary has given up 35 power play goals on 218 penalties against, which is an 83.9 percent penalty kill. The Flames are 8th on the man advantage and 5th on the penalty kill.

The Flames have the edge on special teams entering this one. Vegas has been getting healthy though and with Mark Stone back in the lineup, will look for their special teams to improve in the last stretch of games. Calgary will look to come out fast on the power play though. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Robin Lehner to get the start in the crease for Vegas in this one. Lehner has started in 42 games this season, going 23-16-2 in those starts. He has posted a .907 save percentage and a GAA of 2.82 in those games. Lehner’s last start was against the Vancouver Canucks. He stopped 22 of 27 shots in the overtime loss.

Jacob Markstrom will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Flames on Thursday. Markstrom has earned a record of 34-14-8 throughout his 58 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .924 and a 2.19 GAA in those outings. Markstrom finished with 27 saves on 28 shots in his last start against the Seattle Kraken.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Lehner is coming off a loss in his last start and has lost three of his last five. Markstrom has won his last three starts and will look to keep it going. If either goalie can come out fast on Thursday, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win on Thursday. Both teams could use a huge two points in this one. The home team has won the first two games, but I think Vegas can break that trend. The Golden Knights are a bit more desperate as they chase down a playoff spot. If Vegas can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada has Calgary listed as a -160 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Flames will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams competing late in the season. The Golden Knights have been getting heathier as of late, which I think could help them in this one. As underdogs, I like the value on Vegas.

The Bet
Vegas Golden Knights
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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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