Free NHL Picks Today: Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames 3/31/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames 3/31/23
Fri 31st March 2023

The Vancouver Canucks (34-34-6) welcome the Calgary Flames (34-26-15) at Rogers Arena on Friday. Calgary is coming off a 2-1 win over the Kings on Tuesday. The Flames committed only two penalties in the game, holding Los Angeles without a power play goal.

Walker Duehr and Andrew Mangiapane each scored once for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom had a great performance with 32 saves (.969%) in the win.

Vancouver is playing the first of five games at home after a 6-5 overtime loss against the Blues on Tuesday, ending a streak of three wins in a row. Quinn Hughes and Andrei Kuzmenko both scored twice for the Canucks. Thatcher Demko only had 25 saves on 31 shots against (.806%) in the loss.


The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 3-2 victory for the Flames in December. MacKenzie Weegar led Calgary with two points (1G 1A). Sheldon Dries and Elias Pettersson were on the scoresheet for Vancouver. Markstrom got the win, saving 22 of 24 shots (.916%).


Calgary is averaging 3.13 goals per game for the season, 20th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Canucks team that is allowing 3.66 goals a game (27th).

Meanwhile, Vancouver has found the net 3.38 times a game on average, 11th in the league, and the Flames are allowing opponents to score 3.05 goals per game (14th).

Calgary averages more shots per game (35.5) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 8.9% shooting percentage is 32nd. Vancouver has had difficulty stopping shots, ranking No. 32 with a team save percentage of .885%.

The Canucks’ 22.76% power play percentage ranks ninth in the league, while the Flames are 21st with a conversion rate of 20.43%. Vancouver has been poor at penalty killing, as the home team possesses the league’s lowest PK% at 70.97%. Calgary’s 82.54% ranks eighth in the NHL.


With 67 and 63 points this season, Tyler Toffoli and Elias Lindholm have been the top skaters for the Flames. In the net, Dan Vladar (13-6-5) is Calgary’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.91 GAA and a .893% save percentage. Markstrom (21-20-10) leads the Flames in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.94 and a save percentage of .892%.Pettersson leads the Canucks in scoring with 95 points (7th in the league).

He has 35 goals and 60 assists (10th). Demko (11-13-3) has the best goals against average for Vancouver at 3.32. He has a save percentage of .895%. Spencer Martin (11-15-1) has played the most games in net for the Canucks this season. He has a 3.99 GAA and a .871% save percentage.


Calgary is 16-11-11 on the road this season. Vancouver is 17-18-1 at home this season.

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Calgary Flames (-125)

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