Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames – 4/15/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NHL Playoffs will begin on Wednesday April 15th and the late night game in the Western Conference will be Game 1 between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. The puck drops from the opener at 10PM Eastern Time from Vancouver on USA Network. We will select NHL Fantasy Picks from these two rosters for the purposes for real money daily leagues.
The Calgary Flames were in a fight with the LA Kings for the final playoff spot. The team has won five of seven games and won a huge game at home 3-1 on Thursday to clinch a playoff spot. The team was sixth in the NHL in scoring pushing across nearly three goals per game. They only average 28 ½ shots on goal per contest ranking 28th in the league. They finished in third play in the Pacific Division so they will face the second place team on the road in Game 1 in Vancouver. This is a very young team with limited playoff experience.
The Vancouver Canucks finished the year with three straight wins. Back on April 6th they earned a key 2-1 shootout win against the LA Kings by overcoming a late 1-0 deficit which forced the overtime period and wins in the shootout. The Canucks are the second best team in penalty killing at 85.7%.
Calgary Flames Centers: Sean Monahan is a second year player who scored 31 goals and dished 31 assists for the Flames. He is 20 years old and will play in his first playoff game of his career. He has a point in his past five games. Monahan will be well rested after sitting out the game against Winnipeg on Saturday.
Calgary Flames Left Wing: Jiri Hudler led the Flames in points with 76 on the year. He scored 31 goals and dished out 45 assists. Hudler is well rested as he sat on Saturday. In Calgary’s huge 3-1 home win against the Kings Hudler came up big with three points as he scored two goals and dished one assist having a hand in each of the Flames goal. 21 year old Johnny Gaudreau was part of the youth movement for the young Flames and the rookie came through with a 64 point season. He was a heavy contributor in the huge home win to the Kings with a goal and assist. He has three points in four games against Vancouver this season.
Calgary Flames Right Wing: Veteran David Jones has slumped down the stretch as he has a +- of -4 over hias pst five games. He has just one point over his past four games.
Calgary Flames Defensemen: Dennis Wideman will see heavy ice time so he will have opportunity to earn NHL fantasy points for draft managers. Wideman has been productive with two points or greater in his past three games. He had two assist in the Thursday night win to the LA Kings.
Calgary Flames Goaltender: Jonas Hiller is a seven year veteran who spent time with the Anaheim Ducks a season ago. He was 2-2 in last year’s playoff series against the LA Kings. He was in nets in the huge win at home to the LA Kings as he stopped 33 of 34 shots to a desperate team. Hiller has won three straight in pressure type hockey.
Vancouver Canucks Center: Henrik Sedin scored two points in three of his past four games. He had a key assists in the Canucks huge shootout win to the LA Kings on April 6th. Sedin has a goal and two assists over four games against Calgary this year.
Vancouver Canucks Left Wing: Daniel Sedin led the Canucks in points with 76 on the year as he scored 29 goals and dished out 76 assists. Like his brother Daniel has multiple points in three of his past four games. He scored the key goal that forced overtime against LA on April 6th. Daniel Sedin in a pressure game at Winnipeg on April 4th as a goal and two assists.
Vancouver Canucks Right Wing: Jannik Hansen has struggled in recent games with a -3 over his past five contests. Veteran Radim Vrbata had two assists in the teams overtime home win to Edmonton on Saturday.
Vancouver Canucks Defensemen: Alexander Edler has scored three points in each of his past three games and has points in four straight.
Vancouver Canucks Goaltender: Veteran goalie Ryan Miller returned from a knee injury on Saturday and allowed five goals to the Edmonton Oilers. Vancouver earned the 6-5 victor in overtime Backup Eddie Lack has seen work in 35 games as a starter and has a goal against average of 2.55. Lack was in net in the huge 2-1 shootout win at home to the LA Kings on April 6th.
NHL Playoff Mock Draft Picks for One-Day Leagues
C: Sean Monahan (Flames)
RW: Radim Vrbata (Canucks)
LW: Jiri Hudler (Flames)
D: Alexander Edler (Canucks), Denis Wideman (Flames)
G: Jonas Hiler (Flames)