Colorado Avalanche (20-51-3) at Calgary Flames (42-29-4)
|Date & Time||Monday March 27, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -275 / Colorado Avalanche +243 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Calgary Flames continue their chase for top spot in the Pacific division as they welcome the lowly Colorado Avalanche to town on Monday night.
The Avalanche’s dismal season continues in Alberta on Monday night as they take on the Calgary Flames two nights after losing another to the Edmonton Oilers and things don’t get any easier here as the Flames are in dire need of a win to inch closer to clinching a playoff spot. The Avs came into the season looking to be a dark horse in the Western Conference but they have been the league’s worst team since basically the first drop of the puck and with the frustration boiling over the trade rumors surrounding the team’s top stars it looks as though it is going to be a very lengthy regroup back to relevance. The Avs are likely to send Calvin Pickard to the crease here as he will do his best to neutralize the Calgary attack while the Flames will counter with Brian Elliott who has retaken his place as the team’s starting goaltender thanks to a spectacular second half of the season.
The Flames have been one of the best teams since the turn of the calendar and they have played their way back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference and with a win on Saturday they have jumped to within three points of top spot in the Pacific division. The Flames have won seven of their last 10 games and are locked into a wild card spot at the moment but with the Sharks taking a nose dive and the Ducks and Oilers playing out of their own swoons the division is currently wide open and has us set up for what should be an exciting race to close out the season. Calgary will turn to their high flying play makers here as the Avs can’t seem to keep pucks out of their net this season and against a Flames side that needs a victory here it could be a long evening for Colorado.
The Avalanche are 11-45 in their last 56 games and 3-18 in their last 21 against the Pacific while the Flames are 8-1 in their last nine home games and 10-2 in their last 12 following a win. This is Calgary’s game to lose and they should have no issues getting this done in regulation or on the puck line.