Calgary Flames (40-27-7) at Minnesota Wild (42-25-7)
|Date & Time||Friday March 27, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -175 / Calgary Flames +158 --- Over/Under: 5
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Another night and another missed opportunity for the Calgary Flames.
In what set itself up as a home stand where the Flames could really put some distance between themselves and their competition, the results were no where near what the club was looking for.
Five consecutive games on home ice with four of them coming against teams that are out of playoff contention should be a recipe for success if you’re a team battling for a playoff spot. After Wednesday night’s loss to the Dallas Stars the Flames found themselves ending it with a record of 2-1-2. While that might not look like the worst record, those two overtime losses could prove to be extremely costly. Calgary currently leads the Los Angeles Kings by one point for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
After a scoreless first period on Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars, the clubs combined for five goals in the second. Dallas scored 47 seconds into the second period and doubled their lead midway through, but Johnny Gaudreau and Deryk Engelland answered back for the Flames to tie it. Ales Hemsky’s goal with 16 seconds remaining in the period gave Dallas a one goal lead heading into the third. Calgary played well over the final 20 minutes, and Engelland scored his second goal of the night to even the game, but the Flames could not find the go ahead marker. Neither team was able to convert in overtime and Tyler Seguin scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Stars to the 4-3 win.
It’s the second time on this home stand that the Flames have lost a late point and those two extra points could prove to be extremely costly as we head toward the end of the season. Calgary has eight games remaining on their schedule and embark on a five game road trip that will see them play games against playoff competitors Minnesota, Nashville, and St. Louis.
In Minnesota the Wild just keep finding ways to win hockey games with Devan Dubnyk in net.
It’s incredible just how good this team has become behind a goaltender that was unable to find success anywhere in his previous stops. The last two games the Wild have played have not been good overall, but the goaltending continues to be excellent and lead this club to victories.
Tuesday night in New York the Wild struggled again offensively, but Dubnyk’s play in a first period that saw the Wild get out shot 16-5 helped keep the club in the game.
Trailing 1-0 in the third period Minnesota got the 29th goal of the season from Zach Parise to tie the game and ultimately send it into overtime. Parise would score the only goal in the shootout to lift the Wild to the 2-1 win.
These are two clubs that appear to be heading in different directions. Calgary has been the team in contention all season long but they’re struggling to win games lately and are in jeopardy of falling out of the race. Minnesota is finding ways to win games even when they aren’t playing all that well. Still, in a game that's essentially a coin flip it's hard not to take a chance on the Flames at this value.