The Ducks have been playing better at home lately and this is an underrated team that should turn things around, while neither the Flames nor Iginla have played well in Anaheim.
The Anaheim Ducks have a losing record at home this season of 5-7 while the Calgary Flames are a scintillating 7-1-2 on the road, but we feel that a correction is in order this evening.
This is the first meeting between these teams this year, but the Ducks won three of the four head-to-head meetings with the Flames last season including both encounters in Anaheim, which has always been a house of horrors for Calgary. In fact, the Ducks are 18-4-4 in the last 26 meetings in The Pond.
Now Anaheim has lost five of their last six games, but four of those contests were on the road and they were a home underdog vs. the San Jose Sharks in the other. We feel that the Ducks will close as small favorites here before all is said and done, and they are 3-0 the last three times they have played n the home favorite role.
Besides, the Flames have not exactly been hot themselves, going just 2-3 in their last five games. Granted, both wins came on the road, but we feel that the Ducks are a tougher assignment than those last two teams they beat on the road, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings. It is also worth noting that leading scorer Jarome Iginla has gone scoreless in his last six meetings with the Ducks and in 10 of the last 11 matchups.
We look for the Ducks to continue their home dominance over the Flames here at a cheap price, as Anaheim is an underrated team right now that should turn things around soon.
Free Pick: Ducks -110