Colorado Avalanche (32-23-5) at Calgary Flames (31-22-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 24, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome to face the Calgary Flames in an NHL bout.
The Colorado Avalanche were once the hottest team in hockey but are far removed from that stretch with losses in three of four. Colorado comes off of a 3-2, overtime loss at Edmonton where Samuel Girard and Colin Wilson supplied the offense.
The Oilers received regulation goals from Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian in the second period for a 2-0 lead before Connor McDavid secured the two points with his tally in the extra session. Cam Talbot recorded 28 saves to get the win for Edmonton while Semyon Varlamov stopped 43 shots for the Avs.
The Calgary Flames look to regroup and resume their postseason push following a three game skid the team ended in a 5-3 victory at Arizona. The Coyotes received goals from Derek Stepan and Kevin Connauton with Antti Raanta getting the loss with 33 stops on 38 shots.
The balanced Flames offense featured five different players scoring with Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan Mark Jankowski and Matthew Tkachuk all lighting the lamp. Gudreau, Dougie Hamilton and Mark Giordano gave Calgary two assists each while John Gillies earned the victory with 35 saves.
Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 Saturday games and Avalanche are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. Flames are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and Flames are 1-7 in their last 8 home games and over is 7-1 in Flames last 8 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. Avalanche are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and Avalanche are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary.
Backing teams needing some direction is always a concern but I believe the Flames are ready to win a few…