NHL Picks: Flames vs. Ducks

David Lawrence

Friday, March 8, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

Friday, Mar. 8, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

The Calgary Flames are about to start feeling the heat. With the NHL’s trade deadline less than a month away, the Flames have not been competitive this season, which means they might have to trade away Jarome Iginla.

The good news is Calgary has won two straight and if they can string together a couple of more wins, they might convince the brass that they are competent enough to compete in the short term. let's look at at their chances at beating the ducks and the betting odds set forth for the game.

Record: 74-87 (-935)

The Calgary Flames can win because…

They come into this game with some momentum. They’ve won two straight and are 4-1-1 in their last six games. Their offense is clicking as they have averaged 3.5 goals per game over their last six.

The Flames also welcomed back goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff in their latest outing against San Jose. Kipper allowed just one goal and backstopped the Flames to a 4-1 win over the Sharks. If he can provide strong goaltending and the Flames offense can keep it up, they are more than capable of winning in Anaheim on Friday.

The Anaheim Ducks can win because…

Is hard to beat at home. The Ducks have won nine of 10 contests in front of their home audience and there’s a good chance they get to double-digits on Friday.

Calgary has just three road wins on the season in eight games. They’ve lost three straight on the road while scoring a total of five goals. This shouldn’t be too difficult for the Ducks.

The Ducks dominate this series as they’ve won 25 of the last 34 meetings they’ve hosted. Overall, they’ve won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams.

Check out our picks of the day to get one over on the bookies!

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Outlook & Pick

The Ducks are the play here as the Flames simply can’t be trusted on the road. I don’t particularly want to lay the -160 so I’ll take a shot with the puck line instead.

NHL Picks: Ducks -1.5 +187 at Pinnacle

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