Ducks vs. Flames Picks and Props for Friday Night: Shots Worth Targeting in This NHL Matchup

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NHL Pick: Ducks vs. Flames Under 6.5 (-130) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Two teams unlikely to make the playoffs come head to head in Canada tonight as the 21-35-9 Anaheim Ducks visit Calgary to face a Flames team who are just 5-10 in their last 15 on home ice and have 29-23-13  overall record.  

Pick Summary 

  • Ducks vs. Flames Under 6.5 (-130)  
  • Nazem Kadri (Calgary Flames) Over 3.5 Shots (-115) 
  • Frank Vatrano (Anaheim Ducks) Over 2.5 Shots (+150) 

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames 

Friday, March 10, 2023 – 09:00 PM EST at Scotiabank Saddledome


The Anaheim Ducks are facing the Calgary Flames tonight, which will mark their third game played in the previous four nights, the other two teams these faced were the Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks, losing both games.  

With no chance of making the playoffs and ranking almost last or amongst the bottom in every major stat from goals allowed to goals scored, shots allowed, etc, we believe the Anaheim Ducks will be severely fatigued tonight and could struggle to keep pace with the Calgary Flames.  

It’s no secret that Calgary is 0-4 in their previous four home games and have struggled on home ice in recent times, but they are on a 2-0 winning streak having had wins over the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild.  

Calgary has scored exactly six goals in 3 of their previous 4 meetings on home ice against the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames have had two days off and should be well prepared for this NHL matchup tonight as massive favorites on the moneyline coming in at -400 with some sportsbooks, while the Anaheim Ducks are available as high as +350 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).  

Ducks vs. Flames Picks and Predictions  

Total Over/Under

  • Anaheim Ducks Season Total Over/Under 6.5 (31-34) 
  • Calgary Flames Season Total Over/Under 6.5 (23-42) 

The Moneyline is a stay-away-from-market in this one, but we are looking towards laying the -130 juice on the under 6.5 goals line. Although the Flames have been scoring a lot in recent games against the Ducks, they have not been banging them in as of late, scoring only 5 goals in total in four of their previous five games.  

Elsewhere the Ducks might allow the most goals per game this season but Calgary is 20-11 to the under 6.5 goals on home ice in recent games. The Ducks will probably look to keep this one tight, while we don’t know if we can trust the Flames to bang in goals, we expect a 4-2 Calgary win in this NHL matchup.  

Predicted Score: Anaheim Ducks 2 – Calgary Flames 4 

NHL Pick: Under 6.5 (-130) at Heritage Sports

Nazem Kadri (Calgary Flames)

  • Goals Scored: 21 
  • Goals Assisted: 26 
  • Shots Per Game: 3.32 

Nazem Kadri has been the Flames’ leading shot-taker this season, averaging 3.32 shots per game, given the fact that Anaheim allows the most shots per game this season we are more than happy to lay the -115 juice on Kadri’s shot total over 3.5 with Heritage Sports. 

Kadri has averaged 3.6 shots against Pacific division teams thus far this season and 3.6 shots per game when playing on Fridays. Last time out Kadri only registered one shot on net against the Minnesota Wild and only had two shots last time he faced the Ducks. For your NHL picks, take Kadri to bounce back tonight with 4+ game shots.  

NHL Pick: Nazem Kadri Over 3.5 Shots (-115) at Heritage Sports

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Frank Vatrano (Anaheim Ducks)  

  • Goals Scored: 15 
  • Goals Assisted: 16 
  • Shots Per Game: 2.83 

We are loving the NHL odds of +150 on Anaheim’s Frank Vatrano to register over 2.5 shots in tonight’s contest. Vatrano has averaged 2.97 shots per game when facing Western opposition this season and has had 2/2/4/2/2 shots in his previous five games. Being just one shot shy of cashing on four occasions.  

Frank Vatrano has also been picking up more shots per game on the road at 2.91 compared to just 2.58 on home ice. At these +150 odds we are more than happy to bet Vatrano to get his shooting gloves on against the Flames team who have been poor on home ice.  

Californians interested in this NHL matchup can make their bets at any of these California betting sites.

NHL Pick: Frank Vatrano Over 2.5 Shots (+150) at BetOnline

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