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(30-22-11) New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames (35-26-4)
Date: Sunday March 5th
Time: 4:00PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Ontario, Canada
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Calgary -132
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Calgary -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Coming off a tough 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the New York Islanders head north to Calgary to take on the streaking Flames.
Calgary, with points in each of the last eight games (7-0-1), are making a push for the Western Conference playoffs and working to get into the top three in the Pacific Division.
New York Islanders
At 13-5-3 under Doug Weight, there’s no denying that this is a different Islanders team than we saw under Jack Capuano.
That being said, this New York team isn’t where it needs to be if it wants to stay in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race, considering Toronto is just one point behind it.
The Islanders have had a good offense almost all season but the defense has left a lot to be desired, especially in late-game situations.
The Blackhawks were able to tie Friday’s game up with just over a minute left in regulation.
New York ranks 10th in goals scored (186) but 24th in goals against (188), which has led to a lot of problems closing out games.
Offensively, this team relies heavily on captain John Tavares. In 63 games this season, he has 23 goals and 30 assists. Over his last five, he has two goals and an assist.
The team has also gotten some good play from center Brock Nelson. Nelson has 14 goals and 21 assists, including a goal and two assists over his last five.
Six straight wins for Calgary and seven in the last eight games. This Flames team is hot right now and showing no signs of slowing down. The team can’t slow down if it wants to climb into the top three of the Pacific Division.
So, what’s been working for the Flames during this stretch? Pretty much everything. The offense has been firing on all cylinders, scoring 26 goals in those eight games.
Meanwhile, the defense has allowed just 15 goals in that time.
The Flames have been able to close out games and win in overtime. Four of the seven wins have come in an overtime situation. And the goaltending has worked well. Brian Elliot has won his last five starts, allowing just 11 goals total.
Mikael Backlund has continued to wow the NHL recently. He has 20 goals and 26 assists on the year, including three goals and two assists over his last five games.
This is a different Calgary team and one that folks in the Western Conference should keep an eye on.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Calgary is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 games
- The OVER is 6-3-1 in New York’s last 10 games
Free New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames NHL Hockey Prediction:
Calgary has points in each of the last eight games and is climbing back into playoff contention in the Western Conference. Look for that run of solid play to continue against the Islanders as this team shows no signs of taking its foot off the gas. Calgary gets the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Calgary ML
This Calgary team is playing confident, inspired hockey right now while trying to make a playoff push. I don’t expect that to change on Sunday night and the money line for Calgary is my pick here.
NHL Free Score Prediction: New York 2 – Calgary 4
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