The Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flames hit the ice at the Saddledome for a Thursday night clash in the NHL. The Flames are coming off a gut wrenching loss against the Golden Knights. With the game in the bag, and a 2-1 lead late with under 2 minutes remaining, they ended up losing the game. No, they didn’t just lose it in overtime, the Flames went on to lose 4-2. They gave up 3 goals in under 2 minutes to steal a win away from Calgary.
After losing four in a row to enter the break, that wasn’t what the Flames wanted to come back to. In any case, they have to focus and regroup, because they’re still holding a respectable record of 25-17-3. That puts them in a spot where they are competing for a wildcard. It’s been a tough stretch for the Flames, as in all of their losses during this streak, have come by 1 goal. The added punch to the stomach was losing like that to the Golden Knights the other night. They won’t have it any easier, as they welcome the Lightning to town tonight.
The Bolts come into Calgary with a record of 34-13-1. They’ve cemented themselves as contenders, and are just trying to get out of this road trip with another win. The Lightning have won three of five since embarking on the road. They’re coming off a 3-1 loss to the Jets on Tuesday. The Lightning are 1st in the NHL with 34 wins and 71 points. Trailing them with 70 points is none other than the Golden Knights. There is a plethora of more talent on the Lightning than the Knights, but Vegas certainly has heart and is keeping up with the big boys of the league. Head below for our free Lightning vs. Flames pick for Thursday night in the NHL.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames Pick
The Lightning played complacent hockey leading up to the All-Star break. They have won five of their last ten games and have been going through the motions for the most part. It can be lonely at the top some weeks. There’s no denying the firepower on this roster, though. They have the leading point getter in their corner, as Nikita Kucherov holds 64 points. Stamkos isn’t far behind either, with 58 points for 4th in the NHL. 21-year-old Brayden Point has been a solid contributor as well, with 20 goals and 25 assists. Netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the league with 29 wins. Overall, the Bolts are 1st in the league, scoring 3.48 goals per game. They’re also 3rd with respects to goals allowed per game, 2.52 goals.
Statistically speaking, the Lightning are ahead of the pack. The Flames have been able to tame the Lightning in their last two meetings, though. They took a 3-2 last year and then a 5-1 win a few weeks ago in Tampa. Note that both of those wins for the Flames came in Florida, so that’s a nice feat for them. The Flames are actually far worse at home this season. They hold a record of 12-12-2 at home, compared to 13-5-1 on the road. January 6th against the Ducks was the last time the Flames won in Calgary. I don’t see how the Flames react favourably to losing like that against the Golden Knights. It isn’t like they have an opponent they can relax against tonight, either. If the Lightning don’t overlook the Flames tonight, they should be able to head to Vancouver with a win.
PICK: LIGHTNING (-115)