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Calgary Flames vs. New York Islanders - 3/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (30-22-11) at Calgary Flames (35-26-4)
Date & Time Sunday March 5, 2017, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames -132 / New York Islanders +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Scotiabank Saddledome and the Calgary Flames host the New York Islanders in Sunday NHL hockey action. 

The New York Islanders had been picking up their game of late with wins in four of five as they headed to the United  Center with some momentum against the surging Chicago Blackhawks. When the smoke had cleared it was the Blackhawks celebrating in a 2-1, shootout victory on Friday. This was a classic defensive struggle with the Islanders mustering a single goal from Brock Nelson which looked like the winner until Artemi Panarin tallied the equalizer with only 1:14 remaining in the game before scoring the deciding goal in the SO. Thomas Greiss held the potent offense in check with a 30 save performance while Corey Crawford recorded 31 stops for the red hot Blackhawks who have won six straight.

The Detroit Red Wings are all but mathematically eliminated from extending their postseason streak with a few trades telling us the organization knows their fate. To the Red Wings credit they put forth a great effort in a 3-2, overtime loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome and the hot Calgary flames. Mikael Backlund scored the game winner for Calgary with just under four minutes in to the extra session with Kris Versteeg and rookie Matthew Tkachuk also scoring for the Flames to make Brian Elliott and his 35 stops a winning performance as Calgary won their 6th straight. Detroit saw Darren Holms and Tomas Tater provide the offense with Tater scoring with just two seconds left to send the game to OT. Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for Detroit who is ten points out of the playoffs.

The Islanders are 6-0 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the over is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 Sunday games while the over is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation. The Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win and the Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the Islanders are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings while the  Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary.

The Islanders have played well in Calgary but this looks like a tough match up that is a tossup so I lean under until I see goalies…

under 5.5 // will update

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