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Calgary Flames vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/13/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (43-16-8) at Calgary Flames (38-26-4)
Date & Time Monday March 13, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames +104 / Pittsburgh Penguins -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Calgary Flames look to keep their impressive winning streak intact as they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town on Monday night.

The Penguins look to build on their road victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night as they continue their Western Canada road trip in Calgary in a show down with the Flames on Monday night. Pittsburgh heads into tonight’s game in a race for top spot in the Metropolitan division and after sweeping both the Oilers and Canucks they are out to continue their success against the Pacific division as they are 10-4 in their last 14 games and do match up well with a Flames side that is playing their best hockey of the season. Pittsburgh are the defending Cup champions and are looking as good as anyone in the NHL right now as they have two of the league’s top five point tally’s in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and with the way their goaltending has been playing of late there are very few teams with a fire power of the Penguins.

The Flames meanwhile have picked a very good time to play some of their best hockey as they have ripped off an impressive 9-0-1 mark in their last 10 games and are 10-1 in their last 11 against teams from the Eastern Conference. Calgary came into the season expecting to be in the mix for top spot in the Pacific division and while they remain seven points back of the Sharks for first place they look like a shoe in to get into the playoffs in some capacity and in some circles that is something the Flames can be happy about at this point in their rebuild. Despite their success the Flames are only a modest plus-5 in their goal differential and to that point they owe a lot of it to the play of their goaltending over the last few weeks and against a team like the Penguins they could be in a world of trouble as they can beat you in a number of different ways.

The Pens are 8-2 in their last 10 Monday games and 5-2 in their last seven against the Atlantic while the Flames are 8-0 in their last eight following a win and 14-3 in their last 17 overall. Pittsburgh is a streak breaking type of a team and they are the ones who end Calgary’s lengthy winning streak in what should be a very entertaining contest.

Pittsburgh Penguins -115
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