Back-To-Back Games The Story For Canadian NHL Teams This Weekend
Calgary Continues Their Trip Through The Metropolitan Division
Fresh off a 3-2 win in New Jersey on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames are back at it on Friday against the Rangers, and follow that up with a game against the Islanders on Sunday. Three games in four nights is never easy for any NHL team in this day and age, but facing the Rangers and Islanders are both very winnable for the Flames. That being said, with the Islanders being on the back-end of that and their insane ability to score goals, Calgary may run out of gas in that one if the game turns into one of those 5-4 type games the Islanders are known for this year.
Some bettors may look at the Flames schedule this weekend and prefer to fade them as -130 favourites against the Rangers on Friday night, but I don't think I'd be so quick to pull the trigger on that one. The Rangers are in "sell" mode with the trade deadline approaching and with all the uncertainty that hovers over a dressing room like that, staying focused on trying to win games becomes tough. If I was forced to decide now, I'd be looking to play on Calgary against the Rangers and then fade the Flames on Sunday against Long Island.
Fading Vancouver Remains In The Cards This Weekend
Speaking of Canadian NHL teams to fade, the Vancouver Canucks are always a great option in that regard. As I mentioned the other day, the Canucks were in a great "fade" spot on Thursday in Tampa Bay as the Canucks lost SU and the game went 'over' the number. Now, like Calgary, Vancouver finds themselves back on the ice on Friday - in Carolina - before concluding their road trip in Dallas on Sunday.
Despite the tempting big underdog odds you'll get on Vancouver in both games - they are currently +180 against Carolina - I still don't believe this team is worth a play. Granted, the Canucks might surprise and win one of these two games and come in with a nice payout for those that do believe in them somehow, but to me, the Canucks have been a team to avoid unless you are playing on their opponent. Possibly the totals will hold more value this weekend - especially against an offensive-minded team like Dallas - and that's where I'd look for Canucks games over the next few days.
Edmonton Has Their Own Back-To-Back To Deal With As Well
Of all the back-to-backs these various Canadian NHL teams have to deal with this weekend, the Edmonton Oilers definitely have the toughest of them all. Edmonton finds themselves in Anaheim on Friday night before heading up to San Jose on Saturday, and for an Oilers team that is running out of time to climb back into the playoff race, these are basically must-win spots for them. The problem with that is that the Oilers will be underdogs in both games, so it might be best to try and pick your spot with them hopefully winning at least once.
Facing Anaheim is probably the more "winnable" game of the two for Edmonton, and at +135 on the ML they are probably worth a shot. The Oilers haven't been back to the Duck Pond since losing 2-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals a year ago, but they did managed to beat Anaheim 2-1 in a shootout at the beginning of January back in Edmonton. But these divisional games have the Oilers looking up at nearly everyone in the Pacific, and getting those regulation wins is critical. You don't need to go that far with your wager on the Oilers tonight, but +135 is more than enough value for me to jump in.
Category : NHLMore articles...