Calgary Flames (8-5-2) at Florida Panthers (4-3-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers / Calgary Flames --- Over/Under:
The Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers play Saturday afternoon at the BB&T Center.
The Calgary Flames have split their last 10 games and hope to avoid losing back-to-back games for the second time this season. The Flames are being led by an offense that has scored 16 goals in their last four games and is averaging 2.8 goals on the season. The Calgary Flames have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals. Dennis Wideman, Sean Monahanand and Mason Raymond have combined for 15 goals, Mark Giordano has 11 assists and Curtis Glencross has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames have one of the worst power play killing percentages in the league at just 75.6 percent. The Flames have allowed two power play goals in their last two games. Overall, however, Jonas Hiller has allowed just 22 goals on 308 shots and Karri Ramo has given up 12 goals on 139 shots faced.
The Florida Panthers have lost three of their last five games but have been picking up points slowly due to four overtime losses. The issue with the Panthers is an offense that is averaging just 1.5 goals per game. The Florida Panthers have scored two or less goals in 11 of their last 12 games. Brandon Pirri leads the Panthers with three goals, Jussi Jokinen has five assists and Nick Bjugstad has 30 shots on goal. The Panthers have scored five power play goals in their last seven games. Defensively, Al Montoya has allowed one goal on 38 shots and Roberto Luongo has allowed 22 goals on 294 shots faced. The Florida Panthers defense has been good enough to win most nights but the lack of offense has killed them throughout the season.
The Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 10-21 in their last 31 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 24-58 in their last 82 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 in their last 12 vs. Pacific. The Flames are 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings in Florida and the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
Until the Florida Panthers can actually put the puck in the net, it's hard to back them in any game. The Flames should be able to outscore Florida in this spot.