NHL Picks: Coyotes vs. Flames

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 12:48 PM GMT

The Flames host the Coyotes on Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Where does our handicappers believe the best bet lies?

According to NHL betting odds the Coyotes are a -140 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won the last 5-games between these two teams. These clubs have seen just 1 of their last 7 meetings stay under the total. Keep reading to see if we've decided the add the total or the ML to our NHL picks.

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Ignite the Flames

The Calgary Flames enter tonight having lost 7 of their last 8 home games. On a positive note they will be playing with 3 days of rest following a 2-1 road win as a +270 money line road underdog, versus the Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The win was only their 4th in the last 15-games. Calgary has been horrible defensively, and in goal so far this season. They’re currently dead last in the NHL allowing 3.5 goals per game. Their special teams rank among the league’s worst operating at 92.8% efficiency.

Coyote Ugly of Late

Phoenix enters tonight having lost 4 of their last 5-games. In their most recent game on Saturday they lost at home 5-2 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Coyotes have allowed 4-goals or more in 4 of their last 5, and 6 of their last 9-games. They’ve gone over the total in 6 of their last 7, and 8 of their last 10-games. Phoenix is 4th in the NHL averaging 3.1 goals per game. The power play has been very good this season converting on 22% of their chances which is good for 6th in the league. They’ve been on the opposite end of the spectrum with their penalty killing, allowing opponents to score on 23.2% of their man advantage opportunities, which ranks a dismal 27th in the NHL in that category.

NHL Pick: Phoenix/Calgary to go over the total of 5.5

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