Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 27, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Newark, New Jersey
The Line: Calgary Flames -175 / New Jersey Devils +143 -- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.
The Calgary Flames look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 30 goals, Mark Giordano has 45 assists and Sean Monahan has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 83 goals on 946 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 89 goals on 844 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in each of their last five games.
The New Jersey Devils could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 26 goals, Taylor Hall has 26 assists and Blake Coleman has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 45 goals on 441 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 129 goals on 1,188 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed four or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Flames are 25-9 in their last 34 games as a favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 games as a road favorite and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 21-43 in their last 64 games as a home underdog and 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog. The Flames are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Jersey and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. The over is 17-5-1 in Flames last 23 overall. The under is 4-1 in Devils last 5 home games.
The Calgary Flames not only enter this game playing much better hockey, but they've won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Devils. The New Jersey Devils continue to have issues defensively and have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than one goal. Even with the rest advantage, it's hard to make a case for the Devils given their current form. I'll ride the hot hand with the Flames.