Leafs To Fan Out The Flames At Air Canada

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Monday, January 23, 2017 3:24 PM GMT

After a poor homestand, the Calgary Flames travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs who have dropped their last two games at the Air Canada Centre. Read to see which streak champion handicapper Dana Lane predicts will continue.

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Big win last night as we cashed on the Predators, Wild 'total over.  Not only did we get the 'over' right but we also predicted that there would be six goals scored.  Nashville won 4-2. 

 

Calgary Flames vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Tonight, we fly first class over to the Air Canada Centre to back the Maple Leafs at -139 at BetOnline.

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The Flames are just 1-3-1 in their last five games but it's the 11 goals given up in their last two games that is the most concerning to me.  Edmonton has won three of their last five. 

First, in order to be an effective hockey team, Calgary must have production from Johnny Gaudreau who hasn't scored a goal since January 4th, scoring only three since December 8th. He is 104th in the league in scoring which isn't the production they anticipated after Gaudreau scored 30 last season, falling just short of the point a game mark.

In goal, this game is a mismatch.

Brian Elliot will likely start for the Flames, opposed by Frederik Anderson. To say that Elliot has been a disappointment would be a fair and accurate statement.  Elliot is just 8-11-2 on the season with 2.87 goals against average to go with a horrific .893 save percentage. 

I'll throw in my two cents here. 

I do think Elliot is still a very good goaltender, he's just on a bad team which why he save percentage has dropped from an elite .930 to .893. Let's remember, Andersen isn't having a great season either but because he has a better team around him his numbers seem better than they would be if he got stuck in Calgary.

Toronto has a huge advantage on the power play as the Leafs own one of the most potent man advantage units in the league (24.1%, 2nd).  You can throw in their penalty kill as another advantage.  Toronto kills of over 84% of their penalty kills, good enough for a top-five ranking. 

With special teams in the hands of the Maple Leafs, it's very important for the Flames to get off to a good start, something that has been problematic for Glen Gulutzan's team who average just over 0.70 goals in the first frame.  Not a good formula against the Leafs who average over a goal a game in the first period. 

Let's take the Leafs tonight as they crush the Calgary Flames.

 

Free NHL Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -139Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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