The Calgary Flames have their backs up against the wall as they trail 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks. Can they find a way to win on the Duck Pond – something they’ve rarely done – and cash on the NHL betting lines?
The Calgary Flames Can Win Because…
They’ve proven they can be competitive in this series. Yes, they struggled in the first two games in Anaheim but they seem to have weathered the storm in their last two games in Calgary and they’ve been quite competitive. The Ducks barely edged them out in Game 4 and the Flames managed to win Game 3. Sure, they’d rather a split but the Flames can take solace in the fact that they were very competitive and a goal here or there, and this series is tied up 2-2.
The Flames are a young team that continues to get better by the day, so the longer this series goes, the stronger they get. NHL odds makers know that they weren’t expected to be here, so they are playing with the house’s money.
The Anaheim Ducks Can Win Because…
They’ve really been in control of this entire series. Let’s face it: had they not given up a goal with less than 20 seconds remaining in Game 3, they would have polished this thing off already. And even though the Flames came from behind in that game, it’s not as if the Ducks have really been threatened at any point. They’ve been in control of almost every game.
The best news for the Ducks is that they have absolutely no problems scoring as they’ve tallied at least three goals in each and every contest. In total, they’ve scored 16 goals in the series and while Karri Ramo is playing valiantly, he’s not managing to get in front of enough pucks. He has a measly .893 save percentage in the series and the Ducks are likely to continue to feast on that in Game 4. As for his counterpart, Frederik Andersen, the Flames aren’t finding as much success. Yes, they got four goals on him in Game 3 but he still has a .931 save percentage on the series and he’s allowed just three goals in the other three games in this series.
The Flames are young, inexperienced and in unchartered territory. The Ducks can see the light here and with the Chicago Blackhawks already waiting for them in the next round, look for the Ducks to finish things off and earn a rest too.
The Flames just don’t win on the Duck Pond, which is a big concern. Beyond that, they don’t look like they’re up for this. They’ll put up a fight for a bit but the reality is that they don’t have the parts or experience to compete here. While the Ducks should win, under is the better play for your NHL picks here as it’s simply too much juice to lay. And with Andersen playing well and the Flames struggling to score in Anaheim, we should see a low-scoring affair here.
NHL Pick: Under at The Greek