Calgary Flames (8-4-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (8-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 6, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -170 / Calgary Flames +154 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning play Thursday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Calgary Flames have won three straight games and are making a strong run in the tough Pacific Division. The Flames offense has led the charge lately with 14 goals in their last three games and an average of 2.9 goals per game on the season. The Calgary Flames have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals. Dennis Wideman and Mason Raymond have combined for 10 goals, T.J. Brodie has nine assists and Sean Monahan has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames are one of the worst power play killing teams in the league with a 75 percent killing percentage. Jonas Hiller has allowed 18 goals on 276 shots and Karri Ramo has allowed 12 goals on 139 shots faced. This will be the Flames ninth road game of the season already.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won five of their last six games and are getting a heavy dose of offense. The Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game on the season and have won 13 straight games when scoring at least three goals. A lot of this production comes on the power play, as Tampa Bay is scoring 25 percent of the time with the extra man advantage. Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with eight goals, Tyler Johnson has 13 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning have allowed just one power play goal in their last four games. Ben Bishop has allowed 24 goals on 273 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up seven goals on 55 shots. This will be the last home game before Tampa Bay goes on a three-game road trip.
The Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 10-22 in their last 32 vs. a team with a winning record. The Flames are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings, while the road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to play like the team we all expected to see and are clicking on all sides of the ice. The difference here is the power play, as the Flames are in a world of trouble if they can't avoid penalties, as Tampa Bay will make them pay. While I don't love the juice, the Lightning should win this game.