Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins
Calgary are still reeling from the injury to Mark Giordano but keep on pushing for a playoff berth that few would have predicted. It's a massive blow to their ambitions to lose their captain and likely Norris Trophy candidate for the rest of the season. I think that played into their thinking when choosing to trade away both Curtis Glencross and Sven Baertschi at the deadline. Boston got some extra playoff experience in Maxime Talbot but their other pickup Brett Connolly has broken his finger before even playing a game for the club.
Back to back wins have arrested their decline but the slight two point advantage to Florida means the pressure is still on. The Bruins have also had five days off to recuperate so expect a quick start. Don't underestimate the ability of Calgary's checking lines to make an impact, Lance Bouma and Josh Jooris keep coming up with timely goals. The Flames managed it just a few weeks ago and I don't see why they can't complete the double out at 2.50 including overtime.
St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers
St.Louis bring strong form to Philadelphia but couldn't quite make a three goal comeback stick against Vancouver on Sunday. Like many other of the top sides the Blues went for extra blueline depth and nabbed Zbynek Michalek from Arizona because they were short on right handed shots. The Flyers weren't buyers but got a great return for defenceman Braydon Coburn, Radko Gudas who came the other way can go straight into his spot. Philly are really making their push at home and have taken at least a point from all but one of their last 11 Wells Fargo Center outings.
I think that's the case because they can exert their physicality more without getting exposed for a lack of speed in their defence. Maybe they're a little more likely to get penalty calls with home support too which gives their powerplay a chance to make an impact. The good news for coach Craig Berube is having goalie Steve Mason back healthy as their offence has cooled off to an extent. Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux haven't been quite as spectacular yet have still both surpassed the 60 point mark and always need to be closely watched. Like I said the Flyers can beat anyone when at home and odds of 2.90 mean they're worth taking tonight.