Calgary Flames (21-28-7) at New York Islanders (22-28-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 6, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -163 / Calgary Flames +148 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and New York Islanders will have one of their two meetings this season on Thursday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Flames have won five of their last six games and the Islanders have lost five of their last six.
New York is playing some of its worst hockey of the season and a lot of it has to do with poor goaltending. Whether it’s Kevin Poulin or Evgeni Nabokov, the Islanders are ranked dead last in the NHL with an average of 3.4 goals allowed. In their last six games they’ve given up a combined 22 goals. Even though the offense is 0 for its last 25 power play opportunities, it’s hard to win games when the puck is going through the net that many times on a nightly basis.
Calgary has actually been on fire offensively as of late. Forget the average of 2.3 goals per game, the Flames have scored a combined 21 goals in their last six games. That offense and three overtime victories has helped them climb out of the Pacific Division cellar. For the first time all season long, the Flames are finally playing some consistent hockey.
These two teams are about as evenly matched as you’ll find. They both struggle to score, are terrible at killing penalties and have serious issues stopping the other team from scoring. I like the value of Calgary getting plus money considering it’s playing better as of late, but I’ll go ahead and take the over based on the lousy goaltending from both squads.
The over is 5-1 in the Islanders last six games.
Expect to see a lot of scoring from both teams with the way they have both struggled to stop the puck from going into the net.