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Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames - 4/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Calgary Flames (46-30-7) at Vancouver Canucks (48-30-5)
Date & Time Friday April 17, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -145 / Calgary Flames +130 --- Over/Under: 5
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NHL | Calgary Flames (46-30-7) at Vancouver Canucks (48-30-5)

Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Canucks host the Calgary Flames in game two of their series.

The Calgary Flames were large underdogs in their postseason opener at Vancouver but rode a great defensive effort and some late scoring to upend the Canucks 2-1 and take a 1-0 series lead. The Flames entered the final 20 minutes trailing 1-0 before David Jones netted the equalizer at around the eight minute mark. Kris Russell turned out to be the hero when his slap shot with just under 30 seconds remaining in the extra session eluded Eddie Lack and sent a stunned Rogers Arena crowd home in disbelief. Jonas Hiller stood tall between the pipes with 29 saves to pick up the win as Calgary won for the 11th time this season when trailing after two periods. 

The Vancouver Canucks might not be the odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup like they were a few seasons ago but they have enough talent and veteran leadership to go deep in to the postseason. This statement will be put to the test Friday in game two after the Canucks dropped a heartbreaker in the opener Wednesday. The Canucks offense stalled against Jonas Hiller with their lone tally coming off the stick of rookie Bo Horvat who lit the lamp with just under eight minutes left in the second period when his backhander deflected off the skate of Dennis Wideman. Eddie Lack was solid in the nets with a 29 save performance albeit a losing one. 

The Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 4-0 in Flames last 4 vs. Pacific. The Canucks are 2-12 in their last 14 Conference Quarterfinals games and are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. Head to head the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and   4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver while Calgary  are 8-21 in the last 29 meetings. No line is out but I expect a line close to what we saw in game one…

Vancouver -145 // check back game day for updates

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