A major clash of the top two point teams in the league will take place on Tuesday evening at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida as the Calgary Flames grapple with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flames enter this contest off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Canucks on the road, while the Lightning are off a 5-2 home win over the Panthers.
Flames Look To Knock Off The Top Team In The League
The Calgary Flames continue to have a solid season as they currently lead the Western Conference by one point over both the Jets and Sharks. San Jose does have a game on Monday night, so the Flames could actually be trailing them by the time this game is played. Still, it has been a solid season for the Flames so far, but they have a major test on their hands in this one as they are facing the top team in the league. We also note that while the Flames have the 2nd most points in the league, they are still 14 behind the Bolts. Calgary is off a tough 4-3 shootout loss to the Canucks on the road and scoring for the Flames was Elias Lindholm, which was his 24th of the year, Sam Bennett, which was his 10th and Andrew Mangiapane, which was the first of his career.
"It’s a good measuring stick and playing good teams makes you better."
Bill Peters is looking forward to tomorrow's game in Tampa. pic.twitter.com/a07j6lvjW3
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 11, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Canucks was David Rittich, who allowed three goals on 25 shot attempts to fall to 24-9 with a 2.55 GAA on the year, including 11-5 with a 1.92 GAA on the road. In his carer, he has gone 0-1 with a 3.82 GAA in two games against the Bolts. The Flames have gone 17-11 on the road and they have averaged 3.12 gpg and have allowed 2.38 gpg in those games. Calgary enters this game ranked 9th in the league in power play conversions at 22.3% and 18th in penalty kill at 79.8%.
Lightning Take Down The Panthers At Home
The Tampa Bay Lightning continue to sport the most points in the league at 86. They did have a recent stretch where they lost two games in a row and they scored a total of two goals in this games, but the Bolts have bounced back by winning their last two games and they have scored 10 goals in those contests. The only real question for the Bolts in the regular season is whether they can win the Presidents Cup, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the league. The Bolts currently lead the Atlantic Division by 15 points over the Maple Leafs and they lead the league by 12 points over these Flames. In their last game, the Bolts struck down the Panthers at home by a score of 5-2 and leading their attack, was Nikita Kucherov, who had two goals and now has 24 on the year. Steven Stamkos (29th), Ryan Callahan (6th), and Brayden Point (32nd) also scored in the win.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 11, 2019
Grabbing the win against the Panthers was Louis Domingue, who stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced to improve to 18-4 with a 2.90 GAA on the year. Andrei Vasilevsky will get the nod in this one and he has gone 22-11 with a 2.44 GAA on the year, including 13-6 with a 2.46 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 1-2 with a 4.24 GAA against the Flames. Tampa Bay has gone 21-7 here at home for the year and they have averaged 4.25 gpg and have allowed 2.63 gpg in those games. The Lightning check in ranked 1st in power play conversions at 29.1% and 2nd in penalty kill at 85.0%.
Tampa Bay is:
- 21-6 in their last 27 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 38-13 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest
- 3-11 in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- The Over is 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a showdown of the top two teams in the league and I feel that the Lightning will step up and make a statement. The Flames have been a strong team on the road, but the Lightning have gone 21-7 here at home for the year. David Rittich has been strong on the road, but Vasilevskiy is 13-6 at home with a 2.46 GAA. This should be a great game and I will look for the Lightning to take it, especially since they have gone 13-6 the last 19 games in this series.
Prediction: Tampa Bay -150
Full-Game Total Pick
I look for this one to go Over the total. The Flames have been a good offensive team all year and they have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last 10 games. The Flames have been solid in the crease on the road, but the Lightning have averaged 4.11 gpg at home for the year, so they will score plenty in this one. The Over is 10-2 in Calgary’s last 12 vs. the Eastern Conference and 16-6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 23 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
Prediction: Over 6.5