Montreal Canadiens (38-21-8) at Calgary Flames (36-26-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 9, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
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Two of the league’s hottest teams meet up in Calgary on Thursday night as the Montreal Canadiens take on the Calgary Flames.
The Canadiens seem to be back on a roll and it has come at a very good time as they continue their chase for top spot in the Atlantic division, and after an overtime win on the road against the Canucks on Tuesday they will look to keep it going against Calgary in this one. Montreal started the season as the league’s hottest team but a midseason lull had skeptics smiling and their fans worrying as it looked as though they were in for another swoon and perhaps on their way out of the playoff picture altogether. However, a 5-0 stretch on the road and a six game winning streak has them right back in the fold and looking like the team many considered to be a Cup contender at the beginning of the season and they should be in a good spot here despite playing a Calgary side that is enjoying a winning streak of their own.
The Flames meanwhile have won seven games in a row and are looking like a dark horse in the Pacific division right now and while they had big goaltending issues early on this season it has been the play of their netminders that has fueled this run and they look unstoppable at the moment. Calgary has a bright future with a handful of top end prospects but they are hoping to advance their rebuilding process and with the likes of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Sam Bennett on the roster it is no wonder they have been playing like a championship caliber side over the last few weeks. Chad Johnson is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Carey Price in a goaltending matchup that is suddenly very intriguing and could decide the outcome of this game.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific and 11-5 in their last 16 Thursday games while the Flames are 4-0 in their last four home games and 7-0 in their last seven against the Eastern Conference. Montreal is coming off a win against Vancouver but they didn’t look inspiring in the offense zone and against Calgary I think their winning ways take a back seat on this night as the Flames send their fans home happy.