Canadian NHL Teams In Tough On Thursday
Calgary In Eastern Canada Again Tonight
The Calgary Flames suffered a tough 2-1 loss in a shootout to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, and now they've got to quickly turn around and deal with a hot Montreal Canadiens squad. Montreal did get a five-game winning streak snapped last time out, so the Flames have a potential letdown spot working in their favor, but that's about it. With Carey Price already confirmed in net for Montreal, especially with the Flames giving backup goalie David Rittich the nod, the Flames deserve their +150+ price tag.
However, fading teams coming off a game where a significant win streak was snapped isn't always a bad idea if the price is right. Montreal should see plenty more support as the day goes on, but if the price continues to go higher on Calgary, stepping out and taking a small unit play with them may not be that bad of an idea. Montreal was left for dead in November when Price was out, and he can't fix ALL the problems this team has had the majority of the year. It's only been a 5-7 game stretch of decent hockey we've seen from the Habs and I wouldn't be so quick to jump on a lofty price like Montreal's tonight.
Vancouver Catches Philadelphia In A Brutal Spot
The Vancouver Canucks are a team I spent a lot of time talking about fading in November and they burned me more times than not with their play. And while I'm still not a big believer in this team, tonight's spot as -115 home favorites against a tired Phildelphia team is too good of a spot to pass up.
This is the third game in four nights for the Flyers as they conclude their time in Western Canada. The road trip started on Monday with a 5-2 win in Calgary to halt an 11-game losing skid. Philadelphia then turned around last night and got the always tough Alberta Sweep by beating Edmonton 4-2. After a three-day run like that physically and emotionally in regards to wanting to desperately snap that losing skid, there comes a point when fatigue really kicks in and that very well could be, and should be this evening for the Flyers.
Can Ottawa Score A Goal?
The Ottawa Senators ended a seven-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory and then followed that performance with consecutive shutout losses as this team is seaching for any kind of consistency. This tough road trip has begun with a 1-3 SU record, although the good news there is that when Ottawa scores at least twice they are 1-0 SU. Getting blanked twice in a row is extremely tough in this league, and although it's Jonathan Quick and the L.A Kings tonight, I do think we see some goals from both sides in this game.
Taking an 'over' may not be your first thought when looking at a team that hasn't scored in more than six periods, but five of the Senators last six trips to L.A have either landed on or above the closing total (3-1-2 O/U). This team has no choice but to try and be overly aggressive offensively given how they've played, and the Kings have scored 4+ goals in four of their last five games.
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