Calgary Flames (22-30-7) at Edmonton Oilers (20-34-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 1, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -142 / Calgary Flames +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Edmonton Oilers hope to snap a two-game skid when they host the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. This is the fourth of five scheduled meetings this season, and the Oilers lead the series two games to one.
The Flames lost their first game since the break to the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0 on Thursday. They have now lost three of their last four games and a lot of it has to do with an offense that continues to struggle. They’ve scored a combined nine goals in their last five contests, which includes two shutouts. They’re ranked 29th in the league in goals scored and 23rd in goals against. However, goalie Reto Berra has done a nice job of allowing just eight goals in his last four starts. The Flames are 10-15-1-3 on the road this season.
The Oilers were shutout in their first game back since the break, as they lost 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild. They’ve lost three of their last five games and are experiencing similar struggles putting the puck in the net, scoring two or fewer goals in four of their last five contests. Goalie Ben Scrivens has allowed eight goals in his last three starts, while Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed six goals in his last three starts. The Oilers are 10-15-1-1 at home this season.
With the way both teams have had issues all season putting goals on the board, the under looks like a solid bet. However, there’s a little more value to taking the Flames plus money.
Calgary is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Edmonton, and the road team has won the last five meetings between these two teams. Also, the Flames are 5-1 in their last six games against Western Conference competition.
You’ll get more bang for your buck by backing Calgary on the road.