Calgary Flames (22-12-3) at Winnipeg Jets (24-10-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -155 / Calgary Flames +130 --- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Calgary Flames look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 21 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 32 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 40 goals on 519 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 58 goals on 520 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Winnipeg Jets look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 23 goals, Blake Wheeler has 43 assists and Mark Scheifele has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 76 goals on 839 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 21 goals on 342 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Jets are 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 56-19 in their last 75 home games and 44-21 in their last 65 overall. The Flames are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg and the home team is 21-7-1 in the last 29 meetings. The over is 13-4-1 in Jets last 18 overall. The under is 16-5 in Flames last 21 road games.
The Calgary Flames and the plus money is worth a look when you factor in just how solid defensively they've been this month, and they're in every game even in losing efforts. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and are currently the fourth best team when it comes to money made so far this season. Sometimes you just ride the hot hand in this business until the tickets stop cashing. The price isn't too crazy here. I'm backing the red hot Winnipeg Jets on their home ice.