Philadelphia Flyers will take on Calgary Flames in Tuesday’s evening NHL action. The home side still searches for consistency, and they look forward to stabilizing their form. The visitors can be happy with their campaign, and they want to challenge for the post-season spot.
Philadelphia is still in the game for the playoffs spot, but they need to enter the winning streak. The hosts hope to start it after this match and continue chasing the top-four finish in the division. On the other hand, Calgary ended its losing run, and they search for the second straight win. It’s going to be the fourth consecutive match on the road for the away side, and they aim for another victory.
Philadelphia Flyers – Can they stabilize their form?
The Flyers are running hot and cold this season, and they cannot find a proper rhythm yet. They are sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 7-4-2 record, but just one point behind the Devils and with one game in hand. Philadelphia booked five wins and the same number of defeats on the previous ten occasions, which speaks of their inconsistency. The hosts head to this match after losing to Dallas Stars on the road. Martin Jones had a bad evening between the pipes, as he saved 26 of the opponent’s 30 shots, while the Flyers had troubles in the final third, scoring only two goals in a 5-2 defeat.
Claude Giroux contributed the most in Philadelphia’s offense with 12 points, while Cam Atkinson is the Flyers’ top scorer with six goals. Sean Couturier logged a team-high seven assists and also has 12 points. Joel Farabee has the best plus/minus ratio, while he has also produced seven points so far. On the other hand, Carter Hart enjoyed more action on the goal and has a .931 save percentage. Interestingly, Martin Jones has a similar success between the pipes and has conceded 2.27 goals per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: Carter Hart, Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny
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Calgary Flames – Will they book another road win?
It has been a tough period for the Flames, as this is their fourth straight game on the road, but they want to build up on their latest win. They celebrated a 4-0 victory over Ottawa Senators, which saw them improving to an 8-3-4 record and sitting in 3rd place in the Pacific Division. That victory broke their run of three consecutive losses and the Flames head to this match with boosted confidence. Dan Vladar saved all 27 rival shots, while Elias Lindholm and Sean Monahan combined for one goal and three assists in Calgary’s winning effort.
Elias Lindholm has been the most productive player for the Flames so far, producing 16 points. Andrew Mangiapane scored a team-high ten goals and contributed with 12 points, while Johnny Gaudreau is the best assistant with 11 and a total of 15 points. Matthew Tkachuk and Oliver Kylington and another two players with 10+ points, with 12 and 10, respectively. On the goal, Jacob Markstrom and Dan Vladar have excellent campaigns, conceding only 2.13 goals per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
Expert Pick #1 – Calgary Flames to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-125
Although it has been a demanding period for the visitors, they go to this match after a convincing victory. On the other hand, the Flyers have had some trouble lately, which Calgary could take advantage of. I believe the away side can win this one, and I’ll back them as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @-110
The hosts haven’t been too productive this season, and they struggle to convert their chances into goals. At the same time, the Flames’ defense has been pretty disciplined. The Under cashed in seven of the Flyers’ last eight games, while Calgary’s previous two matches stayed under a 5.5 margin. Therefore, I’ll take the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Calgary Flames & Under 6.5 @+180
As usual, I’m going to combine the first two picks to generate bigger odds for the third one. If you are looking for a long shot, then this might be a good tip for you. The profits could be pretty lucrative if the Flames win and the game remains under a 6.5 margin.