Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames
|Date & Time||Friday March 29, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Calgary Flames: -0.5 (-149) / Anaheim Ducks: 0.5 (+135)
SN-West, Prime Ticket
The Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.
The Anaheim Ducks come into this game looking to build on a 5-4 win over Vancouver in their last outing. Sam Steel opened the scoring just before the midway point of the opening period before Vancouver took the lead by the end of the opening frame. Steel completed his hat trick by the end of the 2nd period, including a penalty shot goal in the last minute of the 2nd. Rickard Rakell added a 4th and Kiefer Sherwood pushed the lead to 5-2. Vancouver cut the deficit to 54 with a pair of goals :54 apart, but that’s as close as Vancouver got as Anaheim closed the door down the stretch. John Gibson got the win to improve to 24-22-8 after stopping 28 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Calgary Flames will be out to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 2-1 loss to Dallas in their last time out. Dallas opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening frame and doubled their lead just after the midway point of the 2nd period. T.J. Brodie pulled a goal back for Calgary, but the Flames couldn’t find the tying goal in the rest of the 2nd and in the entire 3rd period as Dallas held on for the win, sending Calgary back empty-handed. David Rittich ended up with the loss, falling to 26-8-5 after allowing both goals on 23 shots faced in the losing effort.
Anaheim is 6-17 in their last 23 road games and 13-30 in their last 43 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Calgary is 20-8 in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the under is 12-3-3 in their last 18 games overall. Anaheim is 41-14 in the last 55 meetings between these two teams and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.
Anaheim and the plus money would be worth a look, but a lot of their success against Calgary came when these two teams’ roles were reversed. Anaheim was the perennial contender and Calgary always found themselves on the outside looking in. However, times have changed, and right now, every win hurts Anaheim’s draft position as the Ducks have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and are simply trying to play spoiler at this point. Calgary needs to pick up steam heading into the postseason, and I think the Flames snap out of their funk with a win here. I’ll side with Calgary, and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll take the Flames in regulation.