NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Free Picks & Predictions: Calgary Flames @ Toronto Maple Leafs

We head to the Scotiabank Arena for the Friday night game, where the Toronto Maple Leafs will host their Canadian rivals the Calgary Flames.

The Maples Leafs are second in the Atlantic Division and looking to record their second win in a row, while the Flames are second in the Pacific and travel to Toronto having lost out to a revitalized Montreal Canadiens.

Can the Flames stop Auston Matthews?


Calgary Flames (3.14) vs Toronto Maple Leafs (2.01)

The Maple Leafs will feel confident about this one come Friday. They trounced the New Jersey Devils in their last. The game finished 7-4 and puts Toronto on 25-15-6 overall.

The Devils are weak in defence and this allowed the Maple Leafs to take control early on, going 3-0 in the first. However, they’ll be up against a much stronger side this time.

Calgary Flames are putting up 2.6 goals per game on average, while they are allowing 2.73 goals per game. This will bode well for the Maple Leafs who are the leading team in average goals scored per game for the season, putting up 3.7 per game on average.

The NHL betting odds prefer a Toronto Maple Leafs win in this one. They have the home side advantage and are looking good with a win in their last and Auston Matthews scoring for fun.

Take Toronto to win.

Toronto Maple Leafs To beat the Calgary Flames


Parlay Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs to win & over 6 total (3.70)

Toronto is an offensive powerhouse at the moment. They’ve put up 21 goals in their last five games, though they have conceded 22 in the same number of games.

Everyone knows what Auston Matthews is capable of doing on his day, but Toronto hasn't had to rely too heavily on him of late. William Nylander (20 goals, 22 assists) and John Tavares (18 goals, 22 assists) have put up the points alongside Matthews too.

This will be an excellent matchup. The rivalry coupled with the fact that both teams are playing well at the moment, warrants us giving this one the NHL free pick of the week.

Despite the loss, the Flames are hot at the moment. They’ve won 4 in their last five games, including wins over the Oilers, Rangers and both games in the head-to-head series against the Minnesota Wild.

Expect the Maple Leafs to win & over 6 total.

Toronto Maple Leafs To win & over 6 total


Maple Leafs to win the first period (2.25)

Calgary will need to keep Auston Matthews under control if they have a chance of winning this one. He slotted home a hattrick against the Devils and has put up 34 goals and 23 assists for the season outright.

The Flames were shutout 2-0 by the Canadiens in their last. However, in the 4-3 win over the Oilers, top-scorer Elias Lindholm (20 goals, 16 assists) managed to put up 2 goals.

The Flames left-winger Johnny Gaudreau is hot at the moment too. He’s scored 2 in the Flames last three games and has put up 13 goals and 25 assists for the season.

The Maple Leafs are 10th in the NHL power rankings and with a win against the Flames on Friday, they will make their way into the top 10. We expect the home side to be keen to make their mark on the game in the first and given their offensive power, it’s probable.

Take the Maple Leafs to win the first period.

Toronto Maple Leafs To win the first period
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