The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames are scheduled to play three straight games from tonight to Monday night. They will play a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday, and then finish off this three-game series a couple of days later. All three games are taking place at the Saddledome in Calgary. I’m a fan of the old arenas, so it will be a sad day when the Flames move to their new barn for the 2024-25 season. Only Nassau Coliseum and Madison Square Garden are older than the Saddledome.
The Flames hope to have positive memories to make at the Saddledome before they pack up and move. Going by their timeline from five years ago when they were stockpiling some quality young talent, the Flames were hoping around now that they’d be a major contender. Unfortunately in Calgary, that hasn’t been the case and they’re still trying to put a playoff run together. The Flames have been mediocre with a record of 15-16-3 and are in danger of losing four straight games on Friday night.
They are coming off an ugly series in Ottawa against the Senators. Calgary didn’t look interested in playing hockey on Monday and Wednesday, as their offence was lifeless in a 2-1 and 3-1 loss. Jacob Markstrom did what he could in their most recent outing. Markstrom saved 28 of 30 shots for a 0.933 save percentage. It was a nice night for Markstrom, but the offence was in silence mode for the second straight night in Kanata. If the Flames are interested in playing playoff hockey, they can’t afford to go point-less against the Senators in two games.
Along with the losses against the Senators, the Flames were coming off a 2-0 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They did take a split in Toronto, with a 4-3 a game before, but the Flames have been held without a win since then. They take on a Jets team tonight that is going into Alberta with a record of 20-11-2 and 42 points. The Jets are a couple of points behind the Maple Leafs following a two-game sweep of the Canucks, 4-0 and 5-1. Head below for our free Jets vs. Flames pick on March 26, 2021.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames NHL Betting Odds:
Jets vs. Flames Prediction:
No Patrik Laine? No problem for the Jets. We know that Laine is a talented player, but his inconsistent effort ran thin in Winnipeg. It was difficult to say which Laine was going to show up on a nightly basis. With Laine traded to Columbus, the Jets have been playing better hockey with Jack Roslovic and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Dubois wanted out of Columbus, and the Jets jumped on the opportunity.
The new look Jets are only a couple of points behind the Maple Leafs for the lead in the North Division. Winnipeg is sixth in the NHL with 3.3 goals scored per contest. They’ve been average defensively with 2.8 goals against per game. When it comes down to it, success in the playoffs is going to be dictated by netminder Connor Hellebuyck. Hellebuyck owns a 2.65 GAA and 0.916 save percentage through 26 starts this season. He gets hot in the postseason, and the Jets are going to be in business.
Note, though, that the Jets haven’t been in standout form over their last ten games despite the beatdown against the Canucks. They were coming off a 2-1 and 4-2 loss against the Edmonton Oilers before defeating Vancouver. In their previous ten outings, the Jets have netted 3.1 goals and 3 goals against per game for rather mediocre production. On the road, their offensive numbers drop to 3.18 goals per game and stays steady at 2.76 goals against.
The Flames have been considerably better at the Saddledome than on the road this season. They hold a record of 8-5-1 as opposed to 7-11-2 on the road. Their offence, which tends to fall asleep as a visitor, is scoring an average of 3.29 goals per game at home. Overall, the Flames are only 23rd in the league with 2.6 goals per game. Following the sad effort in Ottawa over their last two games, I’m expecting a much stronger effort tonight.
The oddsmakers look like they’re trying to trap a lot of Jets money with this price. The public is not going to back the Flames based on what they did in Ottawa. Then look at what the Jets have been doing, just two points out of first place, and line up to write a Jets ticket. It’s not that easy. Look for a better attempt from the Flames to end this three-game losing skid tonight.