Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks 4/2/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

Two teams trending in opposite directions go head-to-head at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday as the floundering Anaheim Ducks (+360) head to take on the Calgary Flames (-480), who will be looking to add to their winning run. The total is 6.5 (O: -110, U: -110)Anaheim (23-43-10) is playing on back-to-back days after suffering a 6-0 loss against the Oilers yesterday, their seventh consecutive defeat.

The Ducks committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. John Gibson started in the loss and only had 31 saves on 36 shots against (.861%).

Calgary (35-26-15) won for the third game in a row, beating the Canucks 5-4 (OT) on Friday. Tyler Toffoli was the leading goal scorer for the Flames, netting twice. Jacob Markstrom stopped only 16 of 20 shots (.800%).


The Flames have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 5-1 victory in their most recent meeting in March. Toffoli led Calgary with three points (0G 3A). Frank Vatrano scored Anaheim’s only goal. Dan Vladar got the win, saving 19 of 20 shots (.950%).


Anaheim is averaging 2.47 goals per game for the season, 31st in the NHL, and they are taking on a Flames team that is allowing 3.07 goals a game (14th).

Meanwhile, Calgary has found the net 3.16 times a game on average, 18th in the league, and the Ducks are allowing opponents to score a league-worst 4.07 goals per game.

Calgary averages more shots a game (35.5) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 9.0% shooting percentage is 31st. With an average of 28.4 attempts, Anaheim ranks 29th.

The Ducks’ 15.42% power play percentage is the lowest in the league, while the Flames rank 20th with a conversion rate of 20.34%. Anaheim has been equally unimpressive at penalty killing, as the away team owns the league’s second-lowest PK% at 72.73%. Calgary’s 82.28% ranks seventh in the NHL.


With 59 and 56 points this season, Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry have been the top skaters for the Ducks. In the net, Gibson (14-30-8) is Anaheim’s top goaltender. He has a 3.99 GAA and a .899% save percentage.

Toffoli and Elias Lindholm lead the Flames in scoring with 69 and 63 points, respectively. Toffoli has 33 goals and 36 assists, while Lindholm has 21 goals and 42 assists.

Vladar (13-6-5) has the best goals against average for Calgary at 2.91. He has a save percentage of .893%. Markstrom (22-20-10) has played the most games in net for the Flames this season. He has a 2.96 GAA and a .890% save percentage.


Anaheim is 11-21-7 on the road this season. Calgary is 18-15-4 at home this season. Meanwhile, the Ducks are 1-8 without a day off and 1-6 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Flames are 6-5 with a rest advantage.

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Calgary Flames -2.5 (-115)

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