The Calgary Flames hit gold in the second leg of their road trip out east. The Flames bounced back after a hard overtime loss to the Penguins, and torched the Sabres for a 5-1 final. In a tight battle for a wildcard, the Flames need every point they can get at this point. They did manage to get a point in Pittsburgh, so just getting a point against the Penguins on the road isn’t the worst thing that could have happened.
The Flames hope that their latest win provides some momentum to go on a run. They are currently outside of the playoffs with 76 points, 3 points behind the Kings. So close, yet so far. They also have to contend with the Avalanche who have 78 points and the Blues at 75 points. When it’s that close, 3 points is larger than it seems. It isn’t entirely in their hands, but they can help themselves out by going on a run to close out the final month of the regular season.
It feels like it was so long ago, but if you recall, the Ottawa Senators were on the verge of going to the Stanley Cup Final only a year ago. The Penguins ultimately pulled it off and went on to win the Cup, but the Senators gave the Pens a scare there. Pittsburgh beat the Senators in seven games, narrowly passing by them, 3-2, in Game 7. It was a close series to the very end.
The Sens were unable to build on anything and have been pushed back in 2017-18. Ottawa rode a hot Craig Anderson last season, but the same kind of success for him never came to fruition this year. Anderson and the Sens fell again last night, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres. Backup netminder, Mike Condon, will see the crease tonight, as Anderson gets the night off. Head below for our free Flames vs. Senators pick.
Calgary Flames vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
The Senators are a team the Flames must beat, especially on a back-to-back. They might be on a road trip, but they have a Senators team who are just playing for pride at this point after a disastrous season. Erik Karlsson was expected to get dealt at the deadline, but nothing materialized, and his future in Ottawa is in serious doubt. I think we’ll see something like what happened with Matt Duchene in Denver. They’ll wait it out until a team gives them a better deal. Duchene appeared to be a final piece to the puzzle for the Sens, but his contributions have been invisible for most people. The Senators’ issues aren’t as notable on offence as they are on the defensive end, though.
Ottawa have allowed 3.4 goals per game this season, which puts them at 30th in the NHL. The Islanders have been the only team who have been worst off in that regard. In their last ten games, they’ve been hit for 3.2 goals per game. If you want to lose seven of nine games, that’s how you go about doing it. Likewise, the Flames have struggled, allowing 3.3 goals per game in their last ten games. The OVER gas gone 8-2 in their last ten meetings, including an average of 7.5 goals scored per game. The only two that went UNDER barely hit with 5 goals. All things considered, we should see more than 5 goals scored tonight in Ottawa.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)