NHL Betting: Red-Hot Calgary Flames To Engulf Pittsburgh Penguins


Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets

Chicago haven't lost three games in a row all year and they risk losing that admirable stat against a team that's given them real problems.

The Jets are seeking to beat them for the fourth time this season but have themselves dropped five straight and have a major off-ice issue to deal with.

It seems a given that Evander Kane won't dress tonight, the winger didn't play against Vancouver reportedly because of a dispute with his teammates and would appear to be available on the trade market.

It's a distraction they don't need when trying to make the postseason for the first time since moving back to Manitoba, however on a purely hockey basis they're only missing a guy who's been playing injured on their third line.

Kane does bring a physical edge and Winnipeg's success in this matchup has come from roughing up their rivals who usually stay out of the hitting game. Getting shutout by Minnesota on Tuesday means they've drawn consecutive blanks and Joel Quenneville definitely knows his men have been outscored 10-3 across the three contests with the Jets.

Chicago really haven't enjoyed that treatment so I see this more as an opportunity for Winnipeg to put aside their problems and pick up yet another upset out at around 3.05.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins at Calgary Flames

Pittsburgh Penguins v New Jersey Devils : News Photo

A stellar week so far for the Calgary Flames and this almost counts as a free swing with some critical divisional games coming up.

Four goals in the last four games isn't exactly classic Pittsburgh but Marc-Andre Fleury has bailed his offence out in a couple of those tilts to keep them at the top of the Metropolitan Division.

Stretching further back to the start of 2015 the Penguins are running only just above a point per game, a steady decline in powerplay efficiency means they're not the offensive juggernaut of earlier in the season.

Only St. Louis have better form than the Flames coming in, especially at home they open up and play expansively which has certainly payed off lately with multi-goal victories over Winnipeg and San Jose.

Defenceman Kris Russell finally grabbed his first goal of the campaign on his 67th shot to go alongside his 18 assists, just reward for another Flame putting together a career best year.

There's only five points between these teams and Calgary play in a tougher division/conference so again I'm looking at the home side's long odds as great value.

Best Bet: Calgary Flames to win at around 2.65