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NHL Playoffs Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Game 4 Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

The NHL Playoffs continue tonight when the Anaheim Ducks take on the Calgary Flames in an Western Conference Game 4 matchup. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. Currently the betting odds for the game have the Ducks listed as a solid favorite to get the job done.

Calgary found a way to get a big win in the last game this series, trailing Anaheim but gritting out a 4-3 overtime win over the Ducks. That win was huge for the Flames, who guarantee themselves a chance to head back west for a chance to continue the series. Tonight's game is obviously important for the Flames, especially on home ice. Anaheim, with a win, would move to a 3-1 series lead which all but ends the Calgary season. The Ducks are very solid at home this year and it won't be easy for the Flames to have to continue their season out there when they are facing elimination.

Anaheim has to find a way to shake off the rust as well. The Ducks looked like they were headed for a commanding lead in the series, now regrouping from an overtime loss like that will take some work. Corey Perry continues to stay hot for the Ducks, Calgary has to find a way to slow him down in order to gain some sort of advantage on their end of the ice.

Getting a puck past Frederik Anderson has been tough, as well. Anderson has been a stonewall in between the pipes for the Ducks so far, stopping 53 of 54 shots through the opening two games and had a .942 postseason save percentage before making 17 saves Tuesday night, which ended up being a loss.

Calgary was solid at home this season, they've been even better there during the playoffs, winning all three against Vancouver and picking up the Game 3 win as well. Calgary scraps it together tonight and finds a way to get a win.

Free Pick: Calgary

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