The Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames have a date at the Saddledome on Tuesday night. Washington arrives in Alberta looking for their third straight win.
Washington is on the heels of a 5-2 win over the Seattle Kraken on Thursday. It was a standout game for Conor Sheary, as he scored 2 goals to go with Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson, and Dmitry Orlov.
The Capitals advanced to 30-18-9 and 69 points with the wins. It’s been an acceptable season for the Capitals. Fourth in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals are in the most competitive division in hockey.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 7, 2022
The 2021-22 campaign hasn’t gone according to plan for the Capitals. They are 15 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the lead in the Metropolitan. They are always a threat with their talent, though.
Washington was coming off a three-game losing streak before breaking out of the snide against The Hurricanes. That 4-0 win might be enough to get the Capitals going in the right direction again.
The follow-up performance was impressive versus the Kraken, but this is going to be tough in Alberta. The Flames have had some of the most success in the NHL over the last two months.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) March 8, 2022
Calgary has won 14 of their previous 16 games and are back on track after losing a 5-4 game in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens last week.
Calgary had a signature win in overtime against the Avalanche, 4-3, then followed up with a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night.
They are leading the Pacific Division with a record of 34-14-7 and 75 points for a four-point advantage over the Los Angeles Kings. We’ll see if they are prepared for the Caps on a back-to-back.
Head below for our free Capitals vs. Flames prediction on March 8, 2022.
Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Washington Capitals||-1.5 (-200)||+120||Over 6 (-115)|
|Calgary Flames||+1.5 (+170)||-140||Under 6 (-105)|
|Team Data||Washington Capitals||Calgary Flames|
|Goals Per Game||3.2||3.5|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.7||2.4|
|Shots Per Game||31.2||35.6|
|Shots Against Per Game||28.9||29.3|
Capitals vs. Flames Prediction:
The Capitals have gotten their offense moving over the last few games. They have scored an average of 4 goals per game across their last three attempts, with a minimum of 4 goals in each of their previous two games.
Overall, Washington is 11th in the NHL with 3.21 goals per game. They are a touch better on the road than at home. As a visiting team, the Capitals are scoring 3.26 goals per game this season.
The Capitals have consistently reached around the same mark whether they’re on the road, a favorite, or an underdog. They are going to need to have their playmakers working hard in Calgary.
This isn’t a Flames team to go light on, or they can pull ahead in a hurry. The Flames are playing with a lot of confidence right now and getting pucks to the net.
Going into tonight, the Flames are the second-best team in the NHL, with 35.6 shots on net per game. Calgary has scored 3.5 goals per game for sixth in the league.
Washington Capitals vs. Calgary Flames Betting Trends:
- 5-2 overall in their previous seven games on the road
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games on a two-day rest
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games after their opponent scored 2 or fewer goals
- OVER is 13-5-1 in their previous 19 games after a win
- OVER is 4-2 in their previous six games in March
- 12-1 overall in their previous 13 games at home
- 17-4 overall in their previous 21 games
- 9-3 overall in their previous 12 games on a back-to-back
- OVER is 6-2-1 in their previous nine games at home
- OVER is 4-0-2 in their previous six games on a back-to-back
Calgary is finding room to score this season, and they’ve been plowing through opposing defenses on a nightly basis. The Flames are scoring 4.1 goals per game through their previous ten outings.
Jacob Markstrom’s steady presence in the crease has also given the Flames a nice lift. However, the Flames are going with backup 24-year-old Daniel Vladar. He owns a 0.904 save percentage and a 2.87 GAA.
There is promise there for the former Bruin, but the Flames are at a disadvantage as opposed to when Markstrom is between the pipes. The Capitals would much rather see Vladar than the Swede.
There was an average of 7 goals scored in their last five meetings. Four of those five attempts have seen a final score of 4-3 or 5-3. When I look at this matchup, it looks like another 4-3 game.
This should be a tight game, with the Capitals and Flames taking a competitive contest into the 3rd period. Expect a good one in Alberta. I’m looking at the OVER as the best bet at the Saddledome.