Flames to Hand Readers a Fourth Straight Winner

Dana Lane

Monday, December 4, 2017 6:32 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 6:32 PM UTC

The Philadelphia Flyers are in desperate need of a win, while the Calgary Flames are hoping to at least finish .500 on their homestand. Puck drop at 9 p.m. ET from the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Free NHL Pick: Flames -135Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames

We’re starting to heat up again thanks to the Dallas Stars' seven-goal outburst in Colorado last night, easily putting the game OVER the TOTAL. We cruised up to the cashier’s window to get paid with just under half the game still left to be played. That makes three straight winners and a great start to December, adding to a sensational November.

With a loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers will set a franchise record for the most consecutive defeats with 11. What a difference a year makes considering this is the same organization that went on a 10-game winning streak last year. I think most expected big things from the Flyers knowing they had the ability to win 10 straight in the toughest division in hockey. We really should have focused on how bad a team has to be to not make the playoffs with that kind of run in your pocket.

The fans let Dave Hakstol’s team know exactly how they felt about the shutout loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Perhaps getting out of town or the country is best, but that doesn’t mean you roll into a tough arena against the Flames and all of a sudden feel comfortable that the streak is ending soon. According to my latest power rankings, I have Calgary in the 6th spot, a ranking that will change with a loss. I believe in Glen Gulutzan’s team but this is a must win for them to remain that high.

According to the SBR odds page, the general public has jumped on the Flames as you would expect. Over 55% of all tickets written have come in with Flames printed on them. However, there is always the flip side and that’s the side that moves the money. Professional money has come in on the Flyers, pushing this number from Calgary -155 to open to -135 in most spots. Regardless of where each books number is right now, they all need the Calgary Flames to win. I don’t understand how you can watch this sport and think your money is safe with Philly. My guess is, this is nothing more than a wager on the due factor. Not exactly to correct formula for building bankrolls.

So why are the Flyers so bad? You can start with their penalty kill as Philadelphia has killed off just 75.8% of man-advantage chances. Only the Edmonton Oilers (25) and Pittsburgh Penguins (24) have allowed more power-play goals than the Flyers (23). Now they must find a way to stop the Flames power play that is clicking along at 20.9% success rate and has given the Flames 19 total power play goals, ranking them 8th.

Aside from the special teams units, this is a Flames team that’s simply better.

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