Calgary Flames vs. Ottawa Senators
NHL: Saturday, January 18, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, 4:00 PM ET
Two Canadian teams will face off against each other at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon. The Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators will close down their regular-season series, as the Flames beat the Senators 3-1 as -245 home favorites on the last day of November. Calgary has dominated Ottawa lately, winning six of their previous seven encounters overall.
The Flames will wrap up a three-game road trip, looking for their second straight win and seventh over the previous eight outings. On the other side, the Senators hope to put an end to their nine-game losing streak.
The Flames upset the Maple Leafs to get back on the winning pathAfter five wins in a row, the Flames lost at the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 this past Monday. They bounced back with a 2-1 shootout victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, playing some exquisite defense against the most efficient team in the NHL. The Flames allowed 36 shots to their opponents, but David Rittich had a big game with 35 saves and three more in a shootout.
Over their last five outings, the Flames surrendered just eight goals in the total. They are 12th in the league in goals against (2.90) and sixth in penalty killing (83.0%). David Rittich is 19-11-5 this season and has a 2.73 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Still, Rittich has lost three of his last five games, but Cam Talbot is on a four-game winning streak. Talbot is 7-7-0 this term and has a 2.54 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
The Flames are 27th in the league in goals scored per game (2.61), and their offense is a big issue this season. Calgary converts only 18.9% of its power-play opportunities (19th in the NHL). Over their previous five showings, the Flames have scored more than a couple of goals only once. Wingers Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk lead the way for Calgary with 38 points each, while centers Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan added 36 points each.
The Senators failed to cope with the highly motivated Golden KnightsKnights looked fired up with a new head coach on their bench, and they easily outlasted the slumping Senators who were down by three goals early in the third period. Vladislav Namestnikov and Connor Brown scored for the Senators, while Brown also had an assist, but the Senators allowed a whopping 43 shots to their opponents, while the Golden Knights scored their third goal of the game shorthanded.
Craig Anderson turned aside 39 shots against the Golden Knights, but he recorded the fifth straight defeat. Anderson is 6-12-1 this season with a 3.32 GAA and a .897 save percentage. Anders Nilsson is 9-9-2 and has a 3.18 GAA and a .908 save percentage, but he didn’t play since mid-December due to concussion. Nilsson will probably remain sidelined Saturday which means another starting call for Craig Anderson.
The Senators are 29th in the league in goals against (3.36) and 15th in penalty killing (80.8%). On the other side, they are 23rd in goals scored per game (2.66) and dead last in power-play conversion (11.6%). The Senators have scored only eight goals over their last five games overall. Anthony Duclair (G21, A11) hasn’t found the net in nine straight outings, tallying just two dishes in that stretch. Also, Jean-Gabriel Pageau (G19, A12) has scored just a goal and an assist in his previous five outings.
- 0-9 in the last nine games overall
- 0-6 in the last six games at home
- 4-10 in the last 14 contests against the Western Conference
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Calgary:
- 6-1 in the last seven games overall
- 6-1 in the last seven games against Ottawa
- 8-2 in the last ten games on the road