The Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils meet at the Prudential Center in Newark this evening. The Flames are on a back-to-back following an impressive showing last night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers were playing great hockey going in that one, but the Flames extinguished them with a 5-1 win. Andrew Mangiapane had a big game, as he potted 2 goals to lead the Flames in scoring. Blake Coleman scored a goal and peppered the net with 8 shots.
“We’re looking for more opportunities in different ways. Tips, rebounds, looking for second opportunities.”
Hear from Lindy Ruff ahead of facing the Flames today. pic.twitter.com/9umzUesSmz
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 26, 2021
Mikael Backlund had a positive effort as well, with a goal and assists for a couple of points. You can’t overlook the performance of Jacob Markstrom between the pipes as well.
Markstrom made 28 saves on 29 shots to register a 0.966 save percentage. Meanwhile, Igor Shesterkin was having all kinds of problems, as he surrendered 5 shots on 37 shots for a 0.865 save percentage.
Hats off to the Flames, who have been playing quality hockey off the jump in 2021-22. They’re out to a 3-1-1 start with 7 points. Their Albertan rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, have been the hottest team in the Pacific, though. The Oilers are on fire with a perfect sheet at 5-0-0 and 10 points.
I don’t want to get too excited over the Oilers. Oilers’ fans will tell you it’s best to be cautiously optimistic. We’re not even into November yet. I will say that another team that has looked strong to open the season has been the Devils.
The Devils have spent the last several years rebuilding this roster. They’ve tweaked it a bit over the last year or two, and have been in good form with a record of 3-1-0 to open the season. However, Jack Hughes is absent and the offense hasn’t been firing all the way without him in the lineup.
Hughes didn’t play in the last two games, but they were able to rely on their blueline and goaltending for a 2-1 win in overtime over the Sabres in their last outing on Saturday. Nico Daws was sharp in his NHL debut with 25 saves on 26 shots for a 0.96 save percentage. Head below for our free Flames vs. Devils pick on October 26, 2021.
Calgary Flames vs. New Jersey Devils Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Calgary Flames||+1.5 (-240)||+102||Over 6 (+105)|
|NJ Devils||-1.5 (+200)||-113||Under 6 (-115)|
|Team Data||Calgary Flames||NJ Devils|
|Goals Per Game||3.20||2.80|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.50||2.40|
|Shots Per game||36.60||31.80|
|Shots Against Per Game||29.40||27|
Flames vs. Devils Prediction:
The Devils will be without their first overall pick from the 2019 draft again on Tuesday night. They’re going to have to work in the absence of Hughes for the foreseeable future.
Hughes is dealing with a dislocated left shoulder. That takes the guy off the ice they want the offense centered around.
Hughes is a major part of the rebuilding process for the Devils. Without him on the ice or living up to expectations, the Devils are at a serious disadvantage
In two games this season, Hughes scored 2 goals and an assist. Since Hughes has been nursing his shoulder, the Devils have scored just 5 goals in 8 periods.
In their first full game without Hughes, the Devils were 4-1 losers against the Washington Capitals. They followed up with a similar offensive showing in a 2-1 win in overtime.
The defense and Nic Dowd came through for the Devils in that one. The Devils have been the best team in the NHL at preventing shots, as they’ve allowed 27 shots per game for first in the NHL. They’re tenth with 2.5 goals against per contest.
Calgary Flames vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Trends:
- 7-3 overall in their previous ten games
- 6-0 overall in their previous six games versus the Devils
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games on the road versus the Devils
- UNDER is 10-5 in their previous 15 games versus the Metropolitan Division
- UNDER is 7-0-2 in their previous nine games after scoring 5 goals
- 4-0 overall in their previous four games as a favorite
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
- UNDER is 12-2-2 in their previous 16 games as a favorite at the Prudential Center
- UNDER is 4-1-1 in their previous six games after a win
With Hughes out of the lineup, the Devils have clearly gone back to their roots and playing a more defensive game. This isn’t a full boring trap like the Devils were known for, but they are emphasizing defense without all of their forwards healthy.
The offense has sputtered, though, which should help a Flames team on a back-to-back. The Flames are seventh in the NHL with 2.4 goals against per game. They’ve been solid defensively as well, with 29.4 shots allowed per game for ninth in the league.
Daws is expected to get the call for the Devils after a strong NHL debut. He certainly deserves another start after that performance. I will side with the UNDER is what is likely a 3-2 game at the Prudential Center tonight.