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#61 Calgary Flames -225 vs.
#62 Detroit Red Wings 6
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having been officially eliminated from the race to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings (8th in Atlantic Division) start a three-game homestand, with the Calgary Flames (4th in Pacific) paying a visit in the first matchup…

Flames Lose To Boston

The latest three-game homestand of the Calgary Flames (31-25-6) ended with a 1-2-0 record after the team was edged out with a count of 4-3 by the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. Mikael Backlund (12 goals, 34 points this year) scored twice, with Johnny Gaudreau (15 goals, 51 points) also on the scoreboard, as the Flames made it 3-1 in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game before the visitors netted three unanswered snipes subsequently. Calgary is 4-3-0 in its last seven outings after winning just once in six contests prior (1-4-1).

Goalie Cam Talbot made 19 saves versus Boston, taking his current performance status to 9-10-1 for the year with a 2.83 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-2 previous total versus Detroit with a 2.60 GAA and a .913 save percentage, while David Rittich (22-15-5 on the season with a 2.93 GAA and a .908 save percentage) has gone 1-0-0 against the Red Wings historically with a 1.01 GAA and a .964 save percentage. The Flames are 11th in least goals scored per game (2.85), 12th in most goals allowed on average (3.11), 17th in power play (20.1%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.1%).

Wings Fail On Long Island

The Detroit Red Wings (15-44-4) became the first team to be officially eliminated from the contention to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this season after losing 4-1 against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. The Wings were outshot by almost a double (40-22) and allowed a snipe in each of the first two periods before conceding twice more in the final 37 seconds of the game, with Anthony Mantha (13 goals, 30 points this year) netting the only marker for the visitors. Detroit has managed just three victories in its last 18 fixtures (3-14-1), but is still riding a two-game winning run on own ice.

Goalie Jonathan Bernier turned away 36 shots in New York, taking his current performance tally to 13-18-2 for the season with a 2.89 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He has recorded a 7-3-0 previous total versus Calgary with a 2.51 GAA and a .912 save percentage, while Jimmy Howard (2-22-2 on the year with a 4.08 GAA and a .886 save percentage) is 9-10-1 against the Flames previously with a 3.06 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Red Wings are top of the league in both least goals scored per game (2.00) and most allowed on average (3.73), 2nd from the bottom in power play (14.7%) and 3rd worst in penalty kill (75.0%).

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For the Red Wings, the race to make the Stanley Cup playoffs is over without ever really starting. The Flames, on the other hand, are still in the mix for some postseason action of the Western Conference, currently trailing the 2nd Wild Card by a single point and with a game in hand. Calgary has been atrocious on own ice lately, losing six of its past seven domestic outings, but will hope for better luck on the road, where the team has already banked four victories on the past five tries. Visiting Detroit has also turned out quite productively for the Flames lately, with the team notching three triumphs on its previous five trips to Motor City, with the Red Wings able to win just one of their last seven contests against Calgary overall. Pretty straightforward, this one!

Prediction: Calgary Flames (-220)

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Quite a few goals have been scored in this series lately, with four of the past five head-to-head encounters between the pair all going past the six-goal mark, averaging no less than 9.25 (!!!) snipes per fixture. So, bank on this one to deliver some goals once again! The very last six road contests of the Flames have already been filled with markers, with an average of 7.17 strikes netted per game. The Over, meanwhile, has gone 3-1-2 in the past six outings of the Red Wings following a defeat by a margin of at least three tallies.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...