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#20 Calgary Flames -130
Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 9:05pm EDT
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Calgary Flames will host the Florida Panthers in an inter-conference battle Thursday night from the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Panthers posted a 4-2 home win over the Penguins on Tuesday night, and the Flames dropped a 5-3 home decision to the Capitals in their latest action. Each team recorded one win in last year’s season series.

Panthers Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Win

The Florida Panthers will open a tough four-game road trip in this one. They have fared well on the road this season, logging a 2-1-2 record. Florida enters this game on a winning note after posting a solid 4-2 home win against the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Panthers’ point leader Jonathan Huberdeau continues to excel, recording at least one point in all but two games this season, and he has collected four goals along with six assists in nine games played. The 26-year old center tallied one point in two contests against the Flames last season.

Evgenii Dadonov has cooled off after a strong start, going three consecutive games without recording a point. The dynamic 30-year old right-winger has four goals and three assists on the season.

The Panthers are expected to send Sergei Bobrovsky to the crease in this clash. The veteran netminder rebounded with a solid effort in Tuesday’s win against the Penguins, turning aside 23 of 25 shots. Overall he is struggling, compiling a poor 3.75 GAA and an .878 save percentage accompanied with a 3-2-2 record. Florida is scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Panthers are allowing an average of 3.4 goals, placing them 24th overall.

Flames Tagged with First Regulation Home Loss

The Calgary Flames were charged with their first regulation home loss of the season in a 5-3 defeat to the Capitals on Tuesday night. The Flames now feature a 3-1-1 record on home ice. Johnny Gaudreau has rebounded from a three-game pointless drought by registering two assists in his last two games. The talented 26-year old left-winger is up to nine points in 11 games on the season. Gaudreau earned two assists in two games against the Panthers last year.

Elias Lindholm is consistently finding the back of the net, recording a team-high six goals on the season with four of those coming in his last five games. The 24-year old center now has seven points on the year. Calgary has only won consecutive games once in this young season. Center Sam Bennett is questionable for this one with a lower-body injury.

The Flames will likely have Dave Rittich guard the cage in this game. The 27-year old goalie has been sharp on home ice, and he owns a 2.85 GAA and a .912 save percentage to go along with a 4-3-1 record. The Flames haven’t found their offensive identity yet this season, averaging 2.5 goals per game, placing them 23rd overall. They are holding opponents to 2.7 goals, positioning them 11th in the NHL.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Flames in this one. The Flames have yet to hit their stride but they own a 3-1-1 home record on the season, and Flames’ goalie David Rittich has been stellar on home ice. He has only conceded six goals in four home games which equates to a dazzling 1.50 GAA and a .952 save percentage.

Furthermore, Panthers’ netminder Sergei Bobrovsky has been very unreliable this season. He is carrying a poor 3.75 GAA on the season, and can’t be trusted against a Flames team that has a very potent set of forwards.

Prediction: Calgary Flames

Full-Game Total Pick

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I expect plenty of scoring in this clash. The Panthers will give up goals. They have conceded at least three goals in seven of their nine games played on the season. Also, the over is 5-0 in the Panthers’ last five games played in Calgary.

The Panthers offense is looking good. They have netted a combined 17 goals in their last four games overall, and they continue to lead the NHL in shots on goal per game with 37.9, plus the over is 13-6 in the Panthers’ last 19 games overall. These teams commonly play to high scoring games as the over is 9-1 in the Flames’ last 10 games against the Panthers.

Prediction: Over

Full-Game Prop Bet

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I am selecting the over on the Flames team total offered on PointsBet. The Flames are averaging a solid 3.4 goals on home ice this season. Also, Panthers’ goalie Sergei Bobrosky was lit up for 11 goals in two games against the Flames last season, and as mentioned he is having a rough opening month of the season.

Prediction: Flames Team Total Over

Half-Time Prop Prediction

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The under on the first period total is worth a look. The Flames’ slow starts have been an issue this season. They have only netted four goals in the first period in their 11 games played which places them at the bottom of the NHL. Florida has the same issue, scoring only five goals in nine games in the opening period this season.

Prediction: First Period Total Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.