Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights will face each other in one of the most interesting matches in Wednesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22. The hosts want to stay in the playoffs zone and keep challenging the pole position. The away side leads the post-season race in the division, and they look forward to staying there.
Calgary has been in pretty good form lately, and they want to pick up where they left off before the one-week break. The home side is back to Scotiabank Saddledome after two straight road games. On the other hand, Vegas heads to a back-to-back trip, hoping to continue its winning streak. The visitors have been quite successful so far, and they want to keep their run going.
Calgary Flames – Can they continue winning after the break?
The Flames hope to keep up winning after a break, as they celebrated three times in a row. They booked two straight road wins before getting back to the home ice. Calgary is 4th in the Pacific Division with a 23-13-6 record, being seven points behind their upcoming rivals and having five games in hand. The post-season race in the Pacific Division will be very exciting, and only the Kraken is out of the top-four battle at the moment. Calgary was dominant in its latest game away to Arizona, having 50 shots and winning 4-2.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames’ offense with 54 points, including a team-high 36 assists. Matthew Tkachuk is Calgary’s top scorer with 20 goals, while he has contributed with a total of 45 points. Elias Lindholm managed to produce 37 points, while three other skaters chipped in with 20+ points. On the goal, Jacob Markstrom enjoyed most of the action with 30 appearances, allowing only 2.20 goals per contest and having a .923 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
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Vegas Golden Knights – Will they book another road victory?
The Golden Knights are about to play another road game after beating the Oilers 4-0 on Tuesday evening. They remained on the top of the Pacific Division with a 28-16-3 record, being four points ahead of the Kings. Vegas goes to this match after winning three times in a row, which kept them on the pole position. Laurent Brossoit was unbeatable against Edmonton, saving all 28 opponent’s shots. In the offense, Reilly Smith and William Karlsson led Vegas to the victory with a goal and an assist each.
Chandler Stephenson has been the most productive player in the Golden Knights’ offense with 38 points, being the best assistant with 26 at the same time. However, he will be out of the contest for this match. Jonathan Marchessault tops the team’s goalscoring charts with 20 goals, while he has contributed with 33 points. Reilly Smith and Shea Theodore have 32 points each, while five other skaters chipped in with 20 points or more. On the other hand, Robin Lehner has been Vegas’s first-choice goaltender, making 33 appearances and having a .910 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Robin Lehner, Alex Pietrangelo, Shea Theodore, Reilly Smith, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault
Expert Pick #1 – Golden Knights to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+120
Although this is a clash of the two in-form teams, I’ll take the opportunity to back the visitors on the plus money odds. Vegas doesn’t have issues beating their rivals on the road, and they might continue their momentum. Therefore, I’ll take the Golden Knights as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-110
The Over cashed three times in their previous five head-to-head clashes, while the Golden Knights have been involved in quite a few high-scoring games this season. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as my second bet here.
Expert Pick #3 – Golden Knights Over 2.5 @-140
Vegas has a very talented offense, and as the second alternative, I’ll back them to score three or more goals. They managed to do that on the previous two occasions, and I expect the visitors to keep up where they left off.