Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6) at Calgary Flames (36-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Calgary Flames -115 / Winnipeg Jets -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames meet Saturday in game one of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Winnipeg Jets entered the NHL break on a four-game winning streak. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 38 goals, Mark Scheifele has 44 assists and Blake Wheeler has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 140 goals on 1,796 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 54 goals on 512 shots.
The Calgary Flames entered the NHL break winning nine of their last 15 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 29 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 40 assists and Sean Monahan has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 138 goals on 1,478 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 63 goals on 780 shots.
The Jets are 5-11 in their last 16 games as an underdog, 2-8 in their last 10 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Flames are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 5-11 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The under is 9-4-1 in Jets last 14 overall. The over is 15-5-1 in Flames last 21 overall. The Jets are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary. The favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
If past meetings have shown us anything between these teams is you should expect a tight game that could go either way. The Jets and Flames have split the last 10 meetings and two of the last six meetings have seen overtime. Throw in the history and this being a playoff game, I expect a low scoring contest, so I'm going to side with the under 5.5 goals. The last two meetings have seen three goals apiece and the last five meetings are averaging 4.6 goals per game.
Give me the under.