NHL Betting: Red-Hot Calgary Flames To Outscore Coyotes


Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues

Before Detroit moved to the East these two would have some real ding-dong battles and with both riding high on their respective sides of the conference divide it should still be a great matchup.

The Blues are looking particularly fearsome having racked up five in a row scoring a mighty 28 goals in the process, few would disagree they look a complete outfit with everybody healthy.

For a while it seemed a lack of an elite offensive talent was holding St. Louis back, the electrifying Vladimir Tarasenko continues to be that go to guy and there's also Kevin Shattenkirk making them tick from the blueline leading all defencemen in points.

Onto the sixth outing of this current road trip the Red Wings have done OK in terms of picking up points but they only have two away wins against teams currently on course for the postseason.

Such is their luck that injuries have struck again, right now Petr Mrazek is at least filling in very well for Jimmy Howard between the pipes whilst there's also no Johan Franzen or Jakub Kindl.

Even at full strength it would be a tough ask to brighten the Blues when they're in this kind of form, take St. Louis at 2.00.

 

Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes

Consecutive defeats have turned Arizona's homestand a little sour and when they won't play in front of their own fans again until early next month they really need to make this one count.

A curious decision to trade away goalie Devan Dubnyk has led to accusations that the Coyotes are already phoning in the season anyway, Mike Smith gets the starting job back by default despite being pretty terrible this season simply because they have so much money invested in him.

Calgary have scored five both times Smith started against them before the turn of the year and cruised to a 3-0 victory here in Glendale against Dubnyk too. To snap their own losing streak the Flames got gritty winning 1-0 in Vancouver last Saturday to lock down their first win of 2015, they'd gone close against some good teams without reward prior to that.

With Mikael Backlund returning to the lineup in spectacular fashion netting in three straight games and the continued scoring support coming from their defence this lineup can still cause anybody problems. Stay disciplined to keep away from Arizona's powerplay and you've got an excellent chance, only Buffalo have been outscored more 5 on 5 and no forward has been out there for more goals against than their starting center Antoine Vermette.

I'm firmly in Calgary's corner tonight so jump on them to continue their supremacy in this matchup.

Best Bet: Calgary Flames to win at 2.45