Calgary Flames (1-2-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 15, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -250 / Calgary Flames +226 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks will play Wednesday night at the United Center.
The Calgary Flames have split their first four games and will now play their fourth straight road game of a six-game road trip. So far the recipe for the Flames has been to start goalie Karri Ramo and leave Jonas Hiller on the bench. The Flames have won both games when Ramo has been in net, and that includes a Tuesday game against the Nashville Predators where he saved 19 of 21 shots. Ramo has now won five of his last six starts. Offensively, Mason Raymond leads Calgary with three goals and T.J. Brodie has picked up at least one point in three straight games. Right now the Calgary Flames are getting quality looks at the net and have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than two goals. It just comes down to who is starting at goalie for the Flames to have a real shot to win.
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to a quick 2-0 start and have been dominant in those games by scoring a combined nine goals. The Blackhawks have unleashed 73 shots on goal in their first two games and Patrick Sharp leads the way with 13 of them. Sharp and Duncan Keith have scored four of the nine goals, while Brandon Saad has three assists. Goalie Corey Crawford has allowed four goals in 57 shots faced and has won five of his last six regular season starts. The fast start for the Chicago Blackhawks certainly isn’t anything new, as this is the team that pulled off six straight wins in the 2013 season. The Blackhawks are a tough team to slow down when they’re being so aggressive on the offensive end and getting quality looks for 60 minutes.
The Flames are 17-35 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 23-49 in their last 72 road games. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 63-23 in their last 86 home games. The Flames are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Chicago.
Are you really going to pick against the Chicago Blackhawks with the way they've flyed out of the gate? Sure, the plus money is interesing, but the Blackhawks are by far the better team and aren't playing back-to-back games. To increase the value for your money, take the RL.