The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins meet for the second time in five days after a clash at the Saddledome on Friday night. It was a quick start for the Flames, as they got out to a 3-1 lead in the first period. That lead quickly dissipated and the Flames didn’t have that lead going into the intermission. The Flames had the right idea attacking the Bruins early and not sitting back, though the Bruins are capable of getting into run and gun games, too.
That’s what makes the Bruins such a dangerous team. They can adapt to whatever the situation is ahead of them, whether that’s speed things up and go fast, or smother the opposition defensively. The Lightning were the same last season, and that didn’t work out too well, so we’ll have to wait and see where they go in the playoffs.
Boston carries a record of 39-12-12 and 90 points into this bout at TD Garden. That has them in excellent standing, with a 5-point advantage on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division. They’re coming off a horrendous performance against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Canucks blated a tired Bruins team by a score of 9-3. The Bruins were on a back-to-back following the win in Calgary the night before.
Tuukka Rask was in the crease for 6 goals on 27 shots, while Halak came in to allow 3 goals on 8 shots. After the game got out of hand, nobody was trying on the Bruins. They had their minds on the flight back home to Boston. The Bruins will be home for two games, against the Flames and Stars, before going back on the road for five of their next six outings.
The Bruins are likely going to come back home and play a much better game against the Flames. That said, the Flames likely aren’t going to roll over and die. It’s getting to the point where the Flames will have to find their stroke soon, and can’t afford to take nights off, even against a powerhouse like the Bruins on the road. The Flames go into Boston with a record of 32-25-6 and 70 points.
Vegas keep winning recently, as they continue to put a wedge between them and the rest of the Pacific Division. The Flames are suddenly in a 6-point hole for top honours in the division. If the playoffs started today, they’d still be in the playoffs with a wildcard, though. Head below for our free Flames vs. Bruins pick.
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The Flames had the right idea by forcing the issue and attacking the Bruins early Friday night. It looked like it was going to work, but it’s important to note that the goaltending and defence has been iffy for the Flames of late. Cam Talbot allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for a 0.826 save percentage. David Rittich got the nod against the Red Wings on Sunday and held up well with 2 goals against on 29 shots, but that’s against the worst offence in the league. Prior to that outing, Rittich gave up 4 goals against the Kings and Blackhawks. He holds a 2.91 GAA and 0.908 save percentage in 44 starts this season. Rittich has posted around the same in two outings against the Bruins in his career, with a 2.93 GAA and 0.915 save percentage.
They’ve had issues as a team with getting the puck out of their zone recently. The Flames have allowed an average of 3.3 goals per game in their previous ten outings. In the two games the defence had strong performances, it was against the Ducks and Red Wings. They shutout the Ducks for a 6-0 win, but that was against a Ducks team who are 29th in scoring, and the Ducks got to the Flames a couple of games later for 4 goals. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are dead last with 2 goals a game. The Flames will have to deal with a Bruins squad that are 7th in the league with 3.3 goals per game. At home in Boston, their goal scoring goes up to 3.41 goals per game.
The Bruins have made easy work of the Flames’ defence in recent meetings. They scored 6 goals in a 6-4 win in January, and then 4 in their most recent in a 4-3 win for the Bruins. In their last four meetings with the Flames, the Bruins have netted 4 goals per game. The Flames have to forget about sitting back and letting the Bruin dictate the pace. They didn’t do that Friday night, but Talbot had nothing working between the pipes. The Flames likely win if they had a solid outing from him. In any event, the offence has been clicking recently. They’ve potted 4.1 goals per game in their last ten games, along with at least 3 goals in eight straight games. Expect another entertaining contest between the Flames and Bruins, with there being some value on the OVER at even money.