Free NHL Picks Today: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Calgary Flames 11/23/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Calgary Flames 11/23/22
Wed 23rd November 2022

The Pittsburgh Penguins (9-7-3) will be out to add to their winning streak when they welcome the Calgary Flames (9-7-2) at PPG Paints Arena on Wednesday. Calgary is coming off a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Monday.

The Flames committed five penalties in the game, though they held Philadelphia without a power play goal. Five players found the net for the Flames. Blake Coleman scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring.

Jacob Markstrom had 23 saves in the win. Pittsburgh won their third straight game, beating the Blackhawks 5-3 on Sunday. Five players found the net for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored and provided three assists to lead the team in scoring. Casey DeSmith had 29 saves.


The Flames won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 4-1 victory in October, their third straight win against Pittsburgh. Nazem Kadri led Calgary with three points (2G 1A). Evgeni Malkin scored Pittsburgh’s only goal. Markstrom got the win, saving 32 of 33 shots (.969%).


Calgary is averaging 3.17 goals per game for the season, 16th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Penguins team that is allowing 3.37 goals a game (21st). Meanwhile, Pittsburgh has found the net 3.68 times a game on average, fourth in the league, and the Flames are allowing opponents to score 3.33 goals per game (20th).

Calgary averages more shots a game (35.8) than most teams in the league, ranking third, though the team’s 9.0% shooting percentage is 26th. Pittsburgh’s average of 33.2 attempts ranks eighth.

The Flames’ 20.69% power play percentage ranks 16th in the league, while the Penguins are 24th with a conversion rate of 18.75%. In terms of defending power plays, Calgary has the league’s 10th-ranked PK% at 80.88%, while Pittsburgh is 15th at 79.37%.


With 16 and 15 points this season, Elias Lindholm and Kadri have been the top skaters for the Flames. In the net, Markstrom (7-4-2) is Calgary’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.11 GAA and a .887% save percentage.

Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 27 points (7th in the league). He has 10 goals and 17 assists (7th). DeSmith (3-4-1) has the best goals against average for Pittsburgh at 2.88. He has a save percentage of .909%. Tristan Jarry (6-3-2) has played the most games in net for the Penguins this season. He has a 3.27 GAA and a .904% save percentage.


Calgary is 3-3-1 away from home this season. Pittsburgh has won three in a row at PPG Paints Arena this season.

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Calgary Flames (-105)

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