Bruins vs. Flames NHL Picks: All Points For 'Under' 5.5 Tonight

Dana Lane

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 3:38 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016 3:38 PM UTC

The Calgary Flames continue their East Coast run as they play their second game against the Boston Bruins who surprisingly held on to Loui Eriksson. See who my NHL pick is for the today. 

Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins
The Calgary Flames made a lot of noise at the trade deadline and many feel they and the Chicago Blackhawks were the big winners. 

Flames General Manager Brad Treliving sent Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars. Russell has a tremendous amount of ability but the Flames made sure Dallas paid dearly to get him, including a potential 1st round draft pick. 

Calgary also received 6-3 defensemen Jyrki Jokippaka who has 91 games of experience and Brett Pollock who was a offensive machine in the USHL. Pollock is considered an average prospect. 

The Bruins had been shopping Loui Eriksson for a couple months but his production made it difficult for Don Sweeney to replace. They will have some cap space if Chris Kelly leaves giving the Bruins 3 million more to use.

Calgary could have their backup goaltender, Joni Ortio, in net because Jonas Hiller started last nights 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. Newly acquired Niklas Backstrom probably will not be ready to go yet but check for updates because the Flames have not named their goaltender. 

Ortio has been horrible lately going 0-1-1 with a 3.41 goals against average and a low .881 save percentage. Funny thing about bringing in a new goaltender, it usually lights a fire underneath the current options. 

Bruins GM, Don Sweeney, made some moves to bolster Boston defensively but certainly not the big splash Eriksson would have created. He brought in forward Lee Stempniak from New Jersey and Defensemen, John-Michael Liles, from Carolina. Stempniak could play along side Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand right away. 

The point with these moves is its going to take time for these guys to gel in their new teams which can cause sloppy hockey. You have to remember that lines are made up based on speed and cohesion. That takes time. 

The Flames are still not deep at the center position. Sean Monahan is playing well but they are weak under him. Matt Stajan has not found the scoresheet in three games while Sam Bennett has one point in five games although he can bounce from center to wing. They have only three true middlemen on the roster. Let's review the latest trends in NHL odds


Betting Analysis
It's hard for me to think that this group will have offensive success against a Bruins defensive unit that is playing as well as they I've all season. The only one that hasn't been playing well is Zdeno Chara who affects play with his presence. 

Every trend in this one points to the 'over' except for one small trend starting to form. The Flames are playing their third game in four days and in these situations the 'under' is 3-0-1 in their last four. Small sample sizes are okay when dealintell me your seg with totals because it tells you were a team is emotionally in different scenarios. It has appeared to me that Bob Hartley's team is not physically prepared for three in four. 

There are too many new faces that have to define their role with their new team and against Boston is not the team to try and find yourself. My NHL pick would be that this game is going 'Under' the total. 

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NHL Pick: Under 5.5
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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