Calgary Flames vs Boston Bruins, 8 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB
Calgary Flames -15-6-6 (36 pts) - Boston Bruins 13-8-2 (28 pts)
TV: CITY, SNE, SNW, SNP - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Odds: Calgary (-125) Boston (+105) O/U: 5.5
The Flames close out a quick two game homestand with a visit from the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Calgary and former Bruin Dan Vladar shut the B’s out at TD Garden the last time they met on November 21st, 4-0. If the Calgary can pull this one out, the Flames can sweep the season series from Boston, something they haven’t done since 2015.
The Bruins come into this contest on a bit of a slide, having lost three out their last five, but they were able to get a point in two of those losses by losing in overtime and a shootout. Boston snapped a two game losing skid on Thursday night with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, which inadvertently helped the Flames out as they lost to Carolina the same night. The B’s are an even .500 against the Pacific Division so far this season with a 2-2-0 record with loses to Calgary and Edmonton.
As for the Flames, it’s about time they start winning at home and in the division. Calgary’s road record is a superb 11-4-2, but their home record of 4-2-4 leaves something to be desired. They’re also 2-4-1 against the Pacific Division, which is irrelevant coming into tonight’s game, but bears pointing out.
What it comes down to this evening is the Flames getting out in front of Boston early. Calgary was crushing it early in the season with scoring the opening goal, but that success have evaded them as of late. The Flames have had to play from behind in three of their last five games and not surprisingly they have lost three of those contests.
Even with all of that in hand, Calgary still sits atop the Pacific Division and sit second overall in the West behind the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins will certainly be looking for revenge tonight as Calgary dominated them at home in a flawless performance and this should not be an easy game for Calgary. It’s rare you shut down Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand like Calgary did, so the Flames will have to be on their best behavior and play smart. Both teams are very efficient when it comes to special teams, but the Flames might want to kick it up a notch tonight. Calgary had five PPO in a 2-1 loss to Carolina and they didn’t look dangerous at all. If a team gifts you that many chances, you have to bury the puck a few times because it can be the difference between a win and a loss. Also, let’s keep this in regulation as the Flames are 1-6 when playing in OT.
Puck drop is at 8 PM MT from the Scotiabank Saddledome.
|Calgary Flames||Boston Bruins|
|Pacific (1st)||Division||Atlantic (5th)|
|Mangiapane (17)||Goals Leader||Marchand (10)|
|Gaudreau (29)||Points Leader||Marchand (25)|
|Lucic (31)||PIM||Marchand (34)|
|Markstrom (.936)||Save%||Swayman (.922)|
|22.4 (10th)||PP||25.7 (6th)|
|85.4 (5th)||PK||82.4 (10th)|
|Flames: Markstrom (E)||10-5-5||1.84||.936|
|Bruins: Linus Ullmark (E)||6-4-0||2.61||.917|
|Calgary Flames||Boston Bruins|
|Tyler Pitlick- Undisclosed
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|Jakub Zboril- LBI
|Brandon Carlo- LBI
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Charlie Coyle (F): 3 points in last 5 games
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Matt Grzelcyk (D): 1 goal in 24 games this season