Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks 12/14/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks 12/14/22
Wed 14th December 2022

The Calgary Flames (13-11-5) will be hoping to end their losing run when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks (12-13-3) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday. Vancouver is coming off a 3-0 loss against the Wild on Saturday, ending a run of three wins in a row.

The Canucks conceded a power play goal while failing to take advantage of their own power play opportunities. Spencer Martin only had 30 saves on 33 shots against (.909%) in the loss.

Calgary dropped their third in a row, falling 2-1 (SO) to the Canadiens on Monday. Jonathan Huberdeau netted the only goal in regulation for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom had a great performance with 37 saves (.973%) in the loss.


The Flames won three of the four games between the teams last season, including a 6-3 victory in their final meeting in April. Chris Tanev led Calgary with three points (0G 3A). J.T. Miller led Vancouver with three points (0G 3A). Dan Vladar got the win, saving 28 of 31 shots (.903%).


Vancouver is averaging 3.46 goals per game for the season, eighth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Flames team that is allowing 3.00 goals a game (13th). Meanwhile, Calgary has found the net 2.97 times a game on average, 22nd in the league, and the Canucks are allowing opponents to score 3.86 goals per game (30th).

Calgary averages more shots (33.9) than most teams in the league, ranking fifth, though the team’s 8.9% shooting percentage is 28th. Vancouver has had difficulty stopping shots, ranking No. 31 with a team save percentage of .887%.The Canucks’ 27.27% power play percentage ranks seventh in the league, while the Flames are 24th with a conversion rate of 20.20%.

While strong on the power play, Vancouver has been poor at penalty killing, as the away team owns the league’s third-lowest PK% at 68.24%. Calgary’s 81.42% ranks seventh in the NHL.


With 34 points this season, Elias Pettersson is the top skater for the Canucks. He has 13 goals and 21 assists in 28 games. In the net, Martin (8-3-1) is Vancouver’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.45 GAA and a .891% save percentage. Thatcher Demko (3-10-2) leads the Canucks in games played in goal.

He has a GAA of 3.93 and a save percentage of .883%.Elias Lindholm (23 points), Nazem Kadri (21), and Tyler Toffoli (21) lead the Flames in scoring. Lindholm has nine goals and 14 assists in 28 games, while Kadri has 11 goals and 10 assists.

Toffoli has 10 goals and 11 assists. Vladar (5-4-2) has the best goals against average for Calgary at 2.81. He has a save percentage of .905%. Markstrom (8-7-2) has played the most games in net for the Flames this season. He has a 2.93 GAA and a .891% save percentage.


Vancouver has won five in a row on the road this season. Calgary has won three straight at Scotiabank Saddledome this season.

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Calgary Flames (-185)

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