Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/27/13
Edmonton Oilers (12-24-3) at Calgary Flames (14-17-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -136 / Edmonton Oilers +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET-W, SNET-W
The Calgary Flames welcome the neighboring Edmonton Oilers in one of the late Friday night games on the NHL card. This is the third of five total matchups between these two teams this year, and the season series is currently split at one game per side.
The Flames entered the Christmas break on a high note after coming from a 3-1 hole to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shootout. However, the victory over the Blues may have come at a price. Center Matt Stajan, who has 16 points this year, left the game after a knee-on-knee collision. Stajan is listed as day to day, and if he can’t go the Flames’ lack of offensive depth could be exposed. Calgary ranks third worst in shots on goal in the NHL at 27.0 per contest, which equates to 2.5 goals per game putting the Flames 20th in the NHL in scoring.
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Devan Dubnyk is the likely suitor for Edmonton in goal against Calgary. Dubnyk has a posted a 1.86 GAA while winning five of the last seven games he has started against Calgary. Edmonton currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a mere 27 points, but the Oilers are looking directly up at the Flames, who sit one spot higher and seven points ahead.
Edmonton has the worst defense in the league allowing 3.44 goals per contest. However, Calgary comes into the game with the second worst defense allowing 3.14 goals per game. Both teams will be rested after the break, but Edmonton is the healthier of the two. The road team in this matchup is 4-0 in the last four meetings. I think if the Oilers can limit the Flames’ shot attempts they can find a way to win the game, albeit on the road where Edmonton has a putrid 6-13-2 mark. Tough to lay the price with a team as poor as Calgary, so this could be a nice spot for the Oilers getting plus money.