Vancouver Canucks (30-20-3) at Calgary Flames (30-22-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 14, 2015, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -130 / Vancouver Canucks +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Flames and Canucks hook up in Calgary on Saturday night as these two Pacific division foes look to settle the deadlock in the standings.
The Canucks made a statement last night against the visiting Boston Bruins that they are going to be playoff bound this season and if they can follow suit tonight and take down the Flames it'd be tough to question their confidence. Vancouver has had a very strong season and if they can bring in a few pieces at the trade deadline they could very well knock out the Flames and others striving for a berth in the playoffs and as it stands right now they are sitting in third place in the Pacific and are in a playoff spot. However, the Flames sit tied with Vancouver despite having played two more games and if they can notch the win tonight they would send the Cnaucks into a wild card position and reclaim their spot in the Pacific playoffs. Ryan Miller got the call last night and I wouldn't be surprised to see him going again tonight as this is a big time game on the road in Calgary.
The Flames have been the league's feel good story this season as they have gone from being a doormat to a contender overnight and were expected to be at the bottom of the standings this season instead of battling for a playoff spot. Calgary has a young squad that will only continue to get better over the next few years but it would be a huge confidence booster for them to get into the playoffs this season and gain some much needed experience so they can carry that into the seasons to come and be a league power moving forward. This is a tough one to call as the Canucks are coming off a game last night against the Bruins but they do have a winning pedigree and the goaltending edge if Miller gets the start but there is something about this Flames team that is hard to bet against so for this one I say we back the home side.