The Calgary Flames will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday night. Calgary won five in a row before falling to Buffalo in overtime on Wednesday in advance of Friday’s home date with Detroit. The Oilers are coming off consecutive victories over Buffalo and Vancouver.
Calgary is riding a seven-game point streak (6-0-1) after ending a 4-0-1 home-stand on Friday with a 6-4 victory over Detroit. Sam Bennett recorded two goals after scoring once in his previous 12 contests and added an assist for the Flames, who have gone 9-1-2 over their last 12 games.
Defenseman T.J. Brodie has recorded two assists in three of his last five contests–including on Friday–and he is five away from 200 for his career. Captain Mark Giordano scored against the Red Wings to reach double-digits in goals for the sixth consecutive season. The 35-year-old defenseman is riding a six-game point streak during which he has collected four lamp-lighters and six assists.
The Oilers scored a total of three goals while splitting their first two meetings of the season with Calgary with captain Connor McDavid producing two of them. McDavid heads into this one on a four-game goal streak, during which he has lit the lamp five times and has delivered a string of six straight contests with a point (six goals, three assists). The two-time reigning NHL points leader has been nearly unstoppable this season, as he has been kept out of the box score in only six of his 46 games.
"There's more than a handful of guys that we dislike over there & I'm pretty sure they say the same thing about our guys." Another #BattleOfAlberta chapter will be written tomorrow night at @RogersPlace. https://t.co/w02YYSHFEf
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 19, 2019
Colby Cave made his team debut in Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win in Vancouver after being claimed off waivers from Boston a day earlier, finishing one shot and blocking another while posting a minus-1 rating in nine minutes of ice time. The 24-year-old center recorded one goal and four assists in 20 games with the Bruins this season. Kailer Yamamoto returned to the lineup on Wednesday after missing eight contests with an upper-body injury. Forward Leon Draisaitl’s next goal will be his 100th in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers are:
- 2-6 in their last eight home games
- 3-9 in their last 12 games against the Western Conference
- 0-4 in their last four home games against teams with road winning percentages over .600
The Calgary Flames are:
- 5-1 in their last six overall
- 4-1 in their last five road games
- 6-1 in their last seven games against teams with losing records
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Calgary has won six of its last eight road contests. Nobody in the NHL is hotter than forward Johnny Gaudreau. He is riding a 10-game point streak, going 9-for-9 finding the box scores so far in January. Edmonton has posted back-to-back wins, but this marks the first time in more than a month that it has done so. The Oilers are 0-4 in their last four playing on two days of rest and 30-70 in their last 100 against opponents with winning percentages over .600.
Prediction: Calgary Flames
Full-Game Total Pick
Gaudreau is up to second in the league with 72 points. Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has produced a goal and four assists over his last three games. The over is 5-0 in the Flames’ last five overall, 5-0 in their last five against losing opponents, and 4-0 in their last four against the Western Conference. It is also 5-1-1 in the Oilers’ last seven at home and 5-0 in their last five against opponents with winning percentages over .600. Look for this one to go over the total.