Calgary Flames (23-19-1-1) vs. Edmonton Oilers (22-15-4-3)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Lines: Calgary +140 / Edmonton -160
With just three points separating both teams in the Pacific Division, this will be a huge game for the visiting Calgary Flames (4th in Pacific), who will be battling the Edmonton Oilers (3rd in Pacific) just 25 hours after a game against New Jersey…
The Flames stun San Jose
The Calgary Flames (23-19-2) were coming into their upcoming back-to-back set against the New Jersey Devils (on Friday) and the Edmonton Oilers (some 25 hours later) on the back of a massive win against division foes, the San Jose Sharks, who are just two points out of the top spot in the Pacific table with 52 points from 42 games and a couple of games in hand. The 3-2 victory moved the Flames just in a three point distance from the 3rd-placed Edmonton Oilers and just six points off the 1st-placed Anaheim Ducks. The Flames have now gone 17-12-1 against the Western Conference and 9-7-1 versus the Pacific Division.
Mikael Backlund was heading into Friday as Calgary’s top point-guy with 12 goals and 17 assists. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Thachuk were not far behind with 27 points each, having scored 10 and 8 goals respectively until the game against New Jersey. Goalie Chad Johnson was 15-9-1 for the year with a 2.26 GAA and has a 2-1-1 career record against Edmonton with a 1.99 GAA. Brian Elliott, meanwhile, is 8-10-1 for the current campaign with a 2.95 GAA and has gone 9-5-0 against the Oilers with a 2.66 GAA. The Flames were 14th in the league with 48 points from 44 games before Friday with an 11-9-2 road record. They were scoring the 11th lowest amount of goals per outing (2.61), conceded the 14th highest number defensively (2.73 per game), ranked 11th in power play with an alright 20.7% success rate and were sitting 17th in penalty kill with 81.6% effectiveness.
The Oilers balance on the edge of a knife
The Edmonton Oilers (22-15-7) almost got served their third straight loss and fifth defeat in past seven games when the 26th-placed New Jersey Devils came to Rogers Place on Thursday. The visitors were in a 2-1 lead until 12:36 minutes into the third period, when Patrick Maroon (17 goals, 24 points for the year) tied the game 2-2, wedging a loose puck underneath the Devils’ goalie. Leon Draisaitl (16 goals, 38 points), who assisted the previous two goals for the Oilers, netted 1:50 minutes into overtime. Andrej Sekera (5 goals, 20 points) scored in the second period for Edmonton, who has now gone 3-3-1 in its past seven contests.
Goalie Cam Talbot made 17 saves and has now registered a 21-12-6 performance for the year with a 2.49 GAA, matching his NHL high of 21 wins, set during the past two seasons. He is 5-2-0 against Calgary in previous career meetings with a 2.84 GAA. The Oilers are 10th in the NHL at the moment with 51 points from 44 outings and have a 10-8-2 home record. They are scoring the 8th highest amount of goals per game (2.82), allowing the 15th lowest number on the defensive end (2.66 per contest). Edmonton’s power play ranks 12th in the league with a solid 20.4% success rate, while its penalty kill is coming out as the 12th worst with 81.4% effectiveness.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Flames last 5 road games.
- Over is 3-1-1 in Oilers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Both teams are not ones that normally feature heavily in Over markets. Under has been 7-1-1 in Calgary’s last nine games with no rest, while also standing out 6-1-1 in Edmonton’s past eight matchups with Pacific Division. Their head-to-head games, though, are a completely different story, normally guaranteeing a goal bonanza from the very start. The Oilers have already beaten the Flames twice this year with final results of 7:4 and 5:3. And at least seven goals have been scored in five of their last seven meetings…