Detroit Red Wings (8-7-1-0) vs. Calgary Flames (8-7-0-0)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Lines: Detroit +145 / Calgary -165
Four wins in their past five games bring the Detroit Red Wings (4th in Atlantic Division) to Calgary, where the local Flames (5th in Pacific) have just snapped a three-contest winning streak with a defeat against Vancouver…
Red Wings Win Back-To-Back
The Detroit Red Wings (8-7-1) excelled in their latest back-to-back stretch, registering two important road victories in a matter of 30 hours. Firstly, they managed to shut out the Edmonton Oilers with a score of 4-0 at Rogers Place on Sunday, followed by a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday. 24-year-old rookie Martin Frk (5 goals, 8 points this year) snapped a 10-game goal drought, finding the back of the net in both contests. Frans Nielsen (5 goals, 6 points), Gustav Nyquist (5 goals, 8 points) and Anthony Mantha (7 goals, 13 points), meanwhile, scored in Edmonton, while Darren Helm (3 goals, 7 points) and Tomas Tatar (4 goals, 6 points) lit the lamp in Vancouver. Justin Abdelkader (2 goals, 9 points) picked up three assists over both nights.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 36 saves against the Oilers to register his first shutout of the season and the 11th of his NHL career. He is 2-2-1 for the current campaign with a 2.55 GAA and a .924 save percentage and has gone 2-0-1 versus Calgary in the past with a 2.31 GAA and a .921 save percentage. Jimmy Howard, who stopped 26 shots against the Canucks on Monday, meanwhile, is 6-5-0 for the year with a 2.48 GAA and a .927 save percentage and has posted an 8-7-1 career tally against the Flames with a 2.81 GAA and a .897 save percentage. The Red Wings are currently sitting 8th in least goals scored per fixture (2.69), 6th in least goals given up on average (2.69), 17th in power play with an 18.0% success rate (9-for-50) and 7th in penalty kill with 83.6% efficiency (51-for-61).
Flames Lose Their Cool Against Vancouver
A three-game winning streak came to an end for the Calgary Flames (8-7-0), who recorded a painful 5-3 loss against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Lack of vigilance cost the hosts all two points, as they squandered a 3-2 lead in the middle frame to register their second defeat on the current seven-game homestand (3-2-0). A pair of power-play strikes by Dougie Hamilton (2 goals, 7 points for the year) and Johnny Gaudreau (4 goals, 19 points) gave the hosts a 2-1 second-period lead after the ‘Nucks opened the scoring during the man-advantage at the end of the first frame. Micheal Ferland (5 goals, 7 points) made it 3-2 for Calgary after the visitors tied the proceedings 15:09 minutes into the middle phase. But the Flames were stunned by Vancouver’s 3-3 shorthanded equalizer with 1:40 remaining in the second period and rocked by further two snipes of the Canucks within a span of 38 seconds at the start of the final third.
Goalie Mike Smith made 16 saves and has now gone 8-6-0 for the current campaign with a 2.52 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He is 6-7-3 versus Detroit in past encounters with a 2.68 GAA and a .913 save percentage, while Eddie Lack (0-1-0 for the year with a 4.17 GAA and a .853 save percentage) has notched a 0-1-1 career total against the Red Wings with a 2.51 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Flames are currently scoring the 2nd lowest amount of goals per fixture (2.40), while conceding the 13th lowest quantity in their defensive zone (2.87). They are 21st in power play with a 17.0% return (9-for-53) and 27th in penalty kill with 76.4% expertise (42-for-55).
- Red Wings are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Pacific.
- Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference.
- Red Wings are 5-2 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Red Wings have been playing some of their best hockey in recent memory lately, notching four wins in their last five contests and losing by a single goal in four contests on their earlier six-game losing skid. They have won just one of the last five meetings against the Flames, but could well deliver another surprise here, as the hosts haven’t really been doing that well on their own ice this year, losing five of their nine domestic fixtures so far…