Calgary Flames (30-35-6) at Montreal Canadiens (33-33-6)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 20, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -130 / Calgary Flames +110 --- Over/Under:
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The Canadiens look to shake off an ugly loss on the road against the Senators last night as they return home to face off against the Flames.
The Calgary Flames look to continue their late season push in Montreal on Sunday as they are coming off a loss against the Colorado Avalanche at home in their last outing and now to take to the road where they haven’t been good all season. The Flames sit just third to last in the Western Conference and are closer to a top end draft pick than making the playoffs and while the latter isn’t out of the question as we approach the final 10 games of the regular season they are certainly the longest of shots to get in. Calgary does have a nice young team though and will be very competitive very soon and if they can somehow land a top three draft pick they will get another solid piece to add to their existing core.
The Canadiens meanwhile are the complete opposite as they have very few top end prospects in the system and need to revamp their roster if they’re going to get back in the fold in the Eastern Conference. While the Carey Price factor has been huge for them this season it is alarming that Montreal hasn’t been able to adjust to life without their best player and at this rate with the season winding down it would be foolish for Montreal to risk another injury by putting him in action in meaningless games. The loss to Ottawa last night has the Canadiens 11 points behind the Wings for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and with just 10 games remaining they can pack it in. These two teams are at similar spots in the standings but very different spots in terms of their franchise standing and I think the Flames get a win here against a very disheartened Montreal team.