A relatively small card for a Saturday night in the NHL today. Usually the schedule is pretty full on a Saturday, but many teams will be getting the night off. The Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames will not be one of them, as the Sens continue their west coast tour against the Flames. Tonight will be a big event in Colorado, as a Stadium Series matchup takes place in Denver between the Avalanche and Red Wings. For the Senators, they have already played the Oilers and Canucks on this west coast trip, splitting those two games with a win against the dysfunctional Oilers. Vancouver was able to get the win 5-3 against the Senators last game. Both the Sens and Flames would have to go on some kind of epic run to finish out the last few months of the season to have a chance at the playoffs. Here’s a spoiler for you, I don’t see either team embarking on a successful push to get there. The Flames uncharacteristically made it last season and the Sens followed suit. After five Canadian teams made the NHL playoffs last season, it’s looking like none will be in this season.
In any event, the Senators and Flames will showcase the late nighter on HNIC. I feel as if the Sens and Flames have had a lot in common. As I said, both made the playoffs last season, doing it in similar fashions as teams who were not expected to do much. They’ve followed it up by following similar paths this year. The Senators did try and beef up their chances of getting to the playoffs by adding Dion Phaneuf, but he is definitely not the kind of player you can just plug in and instantly become better. The Leafs found that out. He isn’t a guy the Sens should build around either but maybe they’ll get some value out of him. We take a deeper look at this Saturday night matchup between the Sens and Flames below.
Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames NHL Pick
The Senators acquired Phaneuf in an effort to help out the struggling defense. They have looked a bit better in that regard, but there is still much work to do. The Sens rank tied 29th in the NHL in goals allowed per game. Offensively for the most part they have been fairly potent. While they have given up a big wad of goals, the Senators have scored enough to warrant an 8th spot in goals per game. They’ve averaged 3.10 goals in the last ten games.
Calgary is one of those teams tied with the Senators on defense, as they have allowed 3.03 goals per game, just like the Sens. Difference here though is that the Senators have been playing with a bit of defense, while the Flames have not. Calgary has surrendered an average of 3.50 goals per game in their last ten meetings, yet are still scoring the puck with 3 goals on average. The Senators and Flames, in their last four games, have averaged 8.25 goals. Yes, all four went OVER the total. Also, the OVER went 5-1 in their last six tilts against each other. We see plenty of scoring opportunities in this game, with a high scoring final score to conclude Saturday night’s action on the ice.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)