Calgary to Bounce Back on Home Ice, Pick Flames Over Devils

SBR Staff

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:51 PM GMT

The New Jersey Devils will be looking for their second three-game winning streak of the season when they face the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Check inside for free NHL picks for this game.

New Jersey Devils (10-6-1 SU, 10-7 PL, 5-8-4 O/U) vs. Calgary Flames (6-12-1 SU, 7-12 PL, 10-9 O/U)
The Line: Calgary Flames -111.
Total: 5.

 

Jersey Shero
On the first day of training camp prior to this season, Devils’ general manager Ray Shero told his players that “experts” were picking the team to finish near the bottom if not dead last in the NHL.

“We’re all in this together and the stories have already been written about what we are, so you’ve got eight months to try to write a different story and see what that’s going to take,” Shero said.

Through 17 games of the 2015-16 campaign, the pieces Shero has put together are working out quite nicely. New Jersey is 10-6-1 and finds itself in third place in the Metropolitan Conference.

Last season, leading scorer Adam Henrique averaged 0.57 points per game from his center position. This time around, forward Mike Cammalleri is notching a point a game (17 in 17). Henrique, forward Lee Stempniak, and forward Kyle Palmieri have 14 points in 17 games. Center Travis Zajac is not far behind with 11.

“Travis Zajac, he’s been fantastic,” Shero commented. “He got challenged to be a better player than he was and what he’s capable of and what he’s been in the past, and he’s really, really responded. He could be maybe our best player so far.”

 

Johnny Be Due
The Flames are in need of some momentum after dropping three games on a four-game road trip if they want their NHL odds to improve. They lost close ones at Florida and Tampa Bay, beat Washington in overtime, then got handled in routine fashion by the Blackhawks.

“We played well in a few games we lost at the beginning of the trip–they could easily have been wins–but the game in Chicago was definitely a step backwards,” forward Johnny Gaudreau admitted. “We can’t be playing catch-up all season long–we need to get some wins right away and start to see us climbing up the standings.”

Gaudreau is in the midst of a four-game pointless streak, which for him is extremely rare. The 23-year-old’s previous longest slide this season was a mere two games and that has happened only once (Oct. 13 and Oct. 16). Despite this current stretch, Gaudreau still has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists). He scored two goals and added one helper in a Nov. 7 win over Pittsburgh that extended a point streak to three contests.

 

Trends for Devils:
21-44 in their last 65 games against the Western Conference

1-5 in their last six games playing on two days of rest

34-71 in their last 105 road games

 

Trends for Flames:
5-0 in the last five meetings between the two teams

4-0 in their last four home games against New Jersey

9-2 Over in their last 11 home games

A return home and a date with a team it has owned of late could be just what the doctor ordered for Calgary, which is 5-0 in the last five head-to-head encounters with New Jersey and 4-0 in the last four at home between the two teams. The last time the Flames won in regulation was Nov. 7, which was their most recent game at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In turn, also look for Gaudreau to get back on track. I see Calgary winning this by 2 goals or more, so take that into account for your NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Calgary Flames -111 at BetOnline

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