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Written byon December 31 at 7:00 PM EST and updated on January 10 at 10:00 PM EST
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The Atlantic Division meets with the Pacific Division tonight, while the Florida Panthers mingle with the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Panthers enter this game in a game in Edmonton on Saturday, so they do not play relentlessly, while the Flames are away from home by 5 to 3 on the Avalanche.
Panthers are attacked by penguins
The Florida Panthers had a good stretch that made them lose 6-2, but since then, they have gone in the opposite direction, losing three straight games. Florida would like to get back on track at this tournament, but it will not be easy as they are playing relentlessly and the Flames have been a solid home team. Still, I've found that anything can happen in the league this year. Florida is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference and is 10 points out of 8th place. The Panthers fell 2-0 to Pens just 3.03 in the game and never managed to recover. Scoring his only goal was Aleksander Barkov, who was his 17th of the year. The Panthers went 9-13 on the road and they averaged 2.95 gpg and allowed 3.82 gpg in those games.
#FlaPanhers Open Road Trip with 5-1 Loss for the Penguins.
5 Reasons »https://t.co/7ouuzKAfoL pic.twitter.com/rJEjj3rffg
– Panthers of Florida (@FlaPanthers) January 9, 2019
Absorbing the defeat was Roberto Luongo, who scored four goals in 16 shots before being replaced by James Reimer, who allowed a goal in 15 kicks the rest of the way. Luongo is scheduled to be back in the tournament for this and he is 8-10 with 3.37 GAA and a .892 reduction in the year including 4-7 with a 3.91 GAA and a .879 reduction on the road. In his career, he spent 27-20 with a 2.61 GAA against the flames. Florida is in 4th place in the championship in power play conversions at 27.0 ppg and 16 in penalty kill at 79.8%.
Flames Drops Avs At Home
The Calgary Flames have been playing well as they have won three straight and five of their last six. Their recent move allowed them to maintain a two-point lead over the Golden Riders for the first place in the Pacific Division. The Flames have been carried away by their offense throughout the year so far, and came up with a fine effort in the 5×3 home win over the Avalanche on Wednesday night. Calgary has an average of 4.83 gpg in the last six games overall and we also notice that their home games averaged 7.62 in the year. Just something to look for. The winners were Mikael Backlund (10th), Mark Jankowski (7th), Elias Lindholm (21st), Michael Frolik (10th) and Matthew Tkachuk (20th). The Flames were 13-8 here at home during the year and averaged 4.24 gpg and allowed 3.38 gpg in those games.
"We are playing very well, but we can always be better."
David Rittich is looking forward to the team completing their game over this long homestand. pic.twitter.com/jrO2boFY3v
– Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 11, 2019
Reaching the win was David Rittich who stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced to improve to 16-7 with a 2.42 GAA and a reduction of 0.921 percentage for the year including 7-3 with a 3.31 GAA and one. 883 Save percentage here at home. In his career, he was 1-1 with a 4.19 GAA against the Panthers. Calgary enters this contest in 11th place in the power play conversions at 21.4% and 19% at 78.7% killdown.
- 17-5 in his last 22 games played in 1 day to rest.
- 9-4 in their last 13 home games
- 65-142-3 in his last 210 road games vs. team with home win% greater than .600
- 1-5 in its last 6 against the West Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full Game Side Bet
I will search the flames to take this. They are home and were 13-8 here in the year, with an average of 4.24 gpg in the process. The Panthers were 9-13 on the road and they averaged 2.95 gpg in those games. The flames gained five of their last six overall, while the Panthers lost three in a row. Assemble the moment with the Flames in this one.
Prediction: Calgary -203
Total Game Total Pick
I Love Over on this one. David Rittich was 7-3 here at home for the year but with a 3.31 GAA and the Flames as a team allowed 3.38 gpg at home. The Calgary offense has been strong at home with an average of 4.24 gpg here and the Panthers allowed 3.82 gpg on the road. Florida has an average of 2.95 gpg on the road and they will also receive their fair share of goals. The Over is 14-4-3 in the last 21 Florida road games against a team with a home win of more than .600 and 16-5-1 in the last 22 home games of Calgary, plus 8-0 in the last eight home games this series.
Prediction: More than 6.5