NHL Picks: Bet Senators To Start Winning Again vs. Flames

Dana Lane

Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:14 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 8:14 PM UTC

Not much has been said of the Ottawa Senators but they are just 4 points out of the last wild card spot in the East. Their match-up against the Calgary Flames. Let's check the NHL odds.

Senators vs. Flames
I like to back teams that have to be at their best. The Senators must beat bad teams if they want to find themselves in the postseason. They also should bring a positive relaxed nature to the game with Friday being an off day. Many of the Senators, who are from the West Coast of Canada, spent time with their families. A much needed rest after some of their top blue line players looked fatigued. 


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Ottawa dropped a gut wrenching, 5-3 loss to Vancouver, Thursday, after leading by two goals after two periods. Even in defeat let's not lose site of the fact that the Sens have won four of their last five games to get back in the playoff picture.  In their four wins Ottawa had allowed only six goals. 

The Senators allowed 28 shots in the final two periods, looking like a team that was a little too confident. 

Speaking of leads lost, the Senators led Calgary by one after two periods in October only to drop a 5-4 decision in a shootout. Should create a minor revenge spot. 

The difference in this one is goaltending. Craig Anderson is 6-3 in his last nine games with a 1.88 goals against and a 
.942 save percentage. Anderson has the ability to dominate the game and seems to be getting stronger. 

He's also getting fantastic defensive play in front of him. Newly acquired Dion Phaneuf has started to heat up with 3 points in his last three games after a slow start. Phaneuf brings a veteran presence with his 6-3, 214 lb frame. 

Erik Karlsson is a smooth skater who is considered the best offensive defensemen  in the game today. 

Both teams are statistically the worst penalty killers in the league but Calgary looks lost as they only kill 73.6%. The Flames last nine opponents are 14-38(36.8%) on the man advantage. 

The Flames have lost six of seven overall after Thursday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders.  

Calgary's Kris Russell has been the subject of trade rumors as he's been a healthy scratch. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Juri Hudler is the other name that constantly is part of trade rumors along with goaltender Jonas Hiller. 

Significant because when you're losing the last thing you want to hear is the possibility of being traded. It makes the black cloud blacker and my money won't be on a poor team with guys that are more focused on the 29th. 

Ottawa has had a fair amount of success against the Pacific division winning 16 of their last 21. 

The Senators have won 5 out of the last 6 games against Calgary 

The Flame's inconsistency are best represented by their 3-9 record in their last 12 games after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. 

We feel more comfortable backing Ottawa as our NHL pick tonight.

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NHL Pick: Senators -105
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