NHL Picks: Maple Leafs vs Flames

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:58 AM GMT

The Calgary Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome. Where have our tipsters decided to place their money?

According to NHL odds the Maple Leafs are a -120 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Flames have won 7 straight home games versus the Maple Leafs.

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Up and Down Lately

The Leafs began the season by going 6-1 in their first 7-games. Since then they’ve been on the inconsistent side losing 3 of their last 5. However, they’re coming off an impressive 4-1 home win on Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Bolland led the way with 2-goals. Bolland has 6-goals already this season which is just 1 shy of what he scored last season in 35-games with the Chicago Blackhawks. James Reimer was excellent in goal stopping 37 of 38 Penguins shots on goal to improve to 3-0 on the season. Jonathan Bernier is scheduled to get the start in goal tonight for the Leafs. The Leafs special teams have been outstanding this season ranking 3rd in the NHL on the power play and 3rd in penalty killing. Toronto is a profitable 17-7 in their last 24-games versus an opponent with a losing record.

Run and Gun Flames

Calgary might be only 5-6 on the money line this season but they’ve played a very exciting brand of hockey. Calgary has seen an average combined 6.6 goals per game scored in those first 11 contests. Joey MacDonald has been given every opportunity to be the #1 goaltender but hasn’t been able to take the bull by the horns. In 6-starts MacDonald has a lofty 3.01 GAA and a below average .894 save percentage. Karri Ramo is scheduled to be between the pipes tonight for the Flames. Ramo hasn’t exactly shined in 5-starts posting a large 3.57 GAA. The Flames penalty killing has been very poor so far allowing opponents to convert on 24.3% of their power play chances. Calgary has seen 9 of their last 11 games go over the total versus Eastern Conference opponents.

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Final Analysis

Both of these teams have produced a lot of offense this season. They say that styles make fights. Well along those lines this has all the ear marks of a wide open, entertaining, and high scoring affair. I say readers should choose the OVER for their NHL Pick.

NHL Pick: Toronto/Calgary to go over 5.5.