Calgary Flames (9-10-2) at Ottawa Senators (7-14-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +136 / Calgary Flames -151 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Calgary Flames will try to rebound from a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Ottawa last time out. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary in scoring with 18 points with 9 goals and 9 assists while Elias Lindholm has 5 goals with 13 assists for his 18 points and Sean Monahan’s got 14 points with 3 goals and 11 helpers. Matthew Tkachuk has 14 points with 6 goals and 8 assists and Rasmus Andersson’s got 3 goals with 9 assists. Mark Giordano has 10 points with 2 goals and 8 assists as well to cap off the double-digit point totals up to this point in the year. Jacob Markstrom continues to see the bulk of action in goal for Ottawa with an 8-7 mark with a pair of shutouts and a 2.87 GAA while David Rittich has a 1-5 record with a shutout and a 2.74 GAA this year.
The Ottawa Senators will look to build on their big win over Calgary last time out. Brady Tkachuk has a team-high 15 points with 8 goals and 7 assists while Drake Batherson has 6 goals and 7 assists for his 13 points. Connor Brown, Thomas Chabot and Josh Norris each have 12 points with Brown logging 5 goals with 7 assists while Chabot has 3 goals with 9 assists and Norris has 4 goals with 8 assists. Tim Stutzle also has 5 goals and 6 assists as well for the Sens up to this point in the year. Matt Murray and Marcus Hogberg continue to struggle in Ottawa’s goal, with Murray posting 5 wins and a 3.48 GAA in 17 appearances while Hogberg has a pair of wins and a 4.34 GAA in 10 appearances.
Calgary is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games playing on one days’ rest. Ottawa is 16-39 in their last 55 games overall and 8-26 in their last 34 games against a team with a losing record while under is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The favorite is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.
I think the Senators catching Calgary in a bad spot was a big reason for their winning of the last meeting, but the Flames have now had a chance to rest, refocus and should be able to put forth a solid bounce back effort here. WE have to remember that this is still an Ottawa team tied for last in the overall standings with 15 points. I’ll side with Calgary to get the job done in this one.