Calgary Flames (32-26-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-24-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 26, 2017, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -125 / Calgary Flames +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Calgary Flames look to continue their recent surge as they take to the road to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Sunday.
The Flames are playing their way back into the playoff picture in the Pacific division and have found success on the road as they are 4-1 in their last five away from home, and for a Flames side that usually generates most of their wins at the Saddledome it is a good sign to see them earning points in other buildings. Calgary has a nice group of forwards that seem to finally be clicking after some underwhelming stretches and absences due to injury, but right now they are looking very good and if they can add a piece or two at the trade deadline they could very well slide their way into a wild card spot, if not for one of the top three places in the Pacific division. Chad Johnson is expected to get the call in the Calgary crease as he has had a better season than supplanted starter Brian Elliott, and he will face off against Cam Ward who is back in after Eddie Lack got the nod on Friday.
The Hurricanes meanwhile look to shake out of an ugly 1-5 slump and get out of the Eastern Conference basement, and a win against the Senators on Friday night certainly is a good place to start, but for a team that was projected to make some noise in the wild card hunt they have certainly fallen short of expectations. The Canes do have some nice, young pieces in place as they aim towards a rebuild but with the trade deadline looming and some parts potentially on the move, the Canes know it could be a tough finish to the regular season as they are well back of the elite in the Metro division with time running out.
The Flames are 5-11 in their last 16 against the Metro, and 4-0 in their last four against the Eastern Conference while the Canes are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games and 1-5 in their last six overall. Calgary has a bit more to play for here and while the Canes have been great at home this season I think Calgary does enough to get a big win in Raleigh.