Saturday Night POWER-PLAY ~ 4-1 in NHL This Week!
Calgary vs. Vancouver,
02/09/2019 22:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Money Line: -154 Calgary
8* Calgary (10:05 ET): Perhaps there's an argument to be made that the All-Star Break came at the WRONG time for the Flames. Pardon the pun, but they went into the Break as one of the league's hottest teams with an 8-0-1 record their last nine games. Since the Break, they've dropped two of three, including a rare poor effort at home Thursday where they gave up five goals to San Jose. But I still consider Calgary to be one of the league's best teams as only Tampa Bay has more points and a better goal differential. Tonight they'll travel to Vancouver to face a slumping Canucks side and should get the 'W.'
Vancouver has not played at home since the All-Star Break and last won a home game on 1/20. A four-game road trip is how they started the second half of the season. After beating Colorado 5-1 on February 2nd, they then dropped three in a row - all one goal decisions. The most recent was a 4-3 loss at Chicago Thursday night. Given the Canucks are very much alive for one of the Western Conference's two Wild Card spots, that stretch really hurt. But I think it's important to remember just where this club was expected to finish. Preseason projections had them near the bottom of the league, so don't be shocked if they start to tumble down the standings.
As for Calgary, this is a revenge spot as they lost at home to the Canucks back on 12/29, 3-2. They have dropped two of three to the Canucks this season, but all three games took place before the New Year. The Flames are a substantially better team now than they were back then and while they don't score as many goals on the road as the do at home, they happen to lead the entire NHL in goals ALLOWED on the road, giving up just 2.4 per game. They have won eight in a row against teams w/ losing records and are 14-2 SU this season after allowing 4+ goals in their previous game. 8* Calgary