Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-1; 2-2 ATS; 2-2 O/U) vs. Calgary Flames (4-2; 4-2 ATS; 4-2 O/U)
NHL: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:00pm EST
Line: Calgary -140/Carolina +120
The Calgary Flames will host the Carolina Hurricanes in an inter-conference battle Thursday night from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The Hurricanes defeated the Oilers by a 5-3 score on Tuesday night, and the Flames are coming off a solid 5-2 road win over the Canucks in their latest action. The Hurricanes won the first meeting by a 4-2 score last season, and the Flames replied with a 3-1 victory in the second matchup.
Hurricanes Explode for Five Goals in Win Over Oilers
The Carolina Hurricanes have picked up at least one point in three of their four games this season after recording a convincing 5-3 road win over the Oilers earlier this week. Jordan Staal played a key role in the win, scoring one goal along with three assists. The 29-year old center did not record a point in the Hurricanes first three games of the season and collected 45 points last season. Staal has notched five points in 17 career games against a Penguins team he won the Stanley Cup with. Teuvo Teravainen scored his first two goals of the year in the victory. The 23-year old left-winger went pointless in the first three games, and overall he does a good scoring touch, scoring 15 goals a year. The Hurricanes have scored five goals in two or their four games and are averaging 2.8 goals per game, ranking them 21st in the NHL.
Carolina will likely go back with Scott Darling in goal in this contest. Darling has taken the starting role over Cam Ward and has allowed eight goals in three games this season. Darling posted a terrific 2.38 GAA with the Blackhawks last season. The Hurricanes are allowing an average of 2.8 goals per game, placing them 12th overall.
Gaudreau Continues to Shine for Flames
The Calgary Flames will target their fifth victory of the season in this one after defeating the Canucks by a 5-2 score on Saturday night. Johnny Gaudreau continued his hot start in the win, scoring one goal along with one assist. The 24-year old left-winger is off to a sizzling start to the year, scoring two goals along with seven assists in six games. He has fared well against the Hurricanes in his career, scoring four goals with two assists in six career games. Another Flames forward off to a great start is Sean Monahan who has scored three goals with three assists. The 23-year old center has collected four points in his last three games and should record at least 60 points this year. The Flames are off to a solid 4-2 start however they have been shutout in each of their two losses. They are scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, ranking them 18th in the NHL.
Calgary has gone with Mike Smith in net each of their six games this season, and he was strong in all but one of his performances, currently carrying a 2.59 GAA. They could potentially give Eddie Lack his first start in goal against a weaker Hurricanes team in this matchup. The Flames are allowing an average of 2.8 goals per game, placing them at 14th in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes are:
- 1-7 in their last 8 games in Calgary.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on one day of rest.
- over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
The Calgary Flames are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Metropolitan division.
- 9-3 in their last 12 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
- over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 home games.
I am taking the Flames and the over in this contest. Carolina rarely wins in Calgary and the Flames are a strong team with a lot of firepower up front going up against mediocre goaltending and defense. They should have no problem putting the puck in the net, especially considering Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan are off to a hot start. I like the over as the Flames continue to give up a ton of shots, and the Hurricanes have already scored five goals in two of their four games, so both clubs should have a strong night offensively.