Calgary Flames (38-28-7) at Winnipeg Jets (38-30-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +140 / Calgary Flames -161 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets meet in game four of their best-of-five qualifying round series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Thursday night.
The Calgary Flames will try to close out the series after going up two games to one with a 6-2 victory over the Jets in game three last time out.
Nikolaj Ehlers gave Winnipeg the lead just after the midway point of the opening period, but Calgary would tie things up at one just :18 later. The tie held into the second where Mikael Backlund gave Calgary a 2-1 lead at the 5:#7 mark of the middle period and Sean Monahan pushed the Flames ahead 3-1 just 2:12 later. Andrew Copp pulled one back just :20 later for Winnipeg, but Matthew Tkachuk would restore the two-goal cushion with just over seven minutes to go in the middle period. Milan Lucic would push the advantage to 5-2 in the 3rd and Johnny Gaudreau would ice the beating with an empty-netter with just over two minutes to play in the game.
Cam Talbot got the win after stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in the winning effort while Connor Hellebuyck took the loss after giving up 5 goals on 31 shots faced in defeat.
Calgary is 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win while the over is 14-4 in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record. Winnipeg is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 6-13 in their last 19 games as an underdog while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Jets is very tempting as Connor Hellebuyck is capable of standing on his head for Winnipeg and stealing the game on his own. However, the Jets crumbled in game three after Hellebuyck’s mishap cost Winnipeg a goal and things just unraveled from there as it’s starting to appear that the injuries are catching up to the Jets here. Like them or not, the Flames smell blood in the water and I think they close out the series with a win here so give me Calgary.