Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators

 

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The Calgary Flames will take on the Ottawa Senators in a North Division battle. The Flames have a record of 10-10-2. The Senators have a record of 7-15-1. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with each team winning one game.

Flames Coming off Victory

The Flames won their last game 6-3 against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Mikael Backlund had three points in the game. Johnny Gaudreau, Andrew Mangiapane, and Matthew Tkachuk each had two points in the game. David Rittich stopped 31 out of 34 shots faced.

Goaltending has been a problem for the Flames recently. They have given up three goals or more in six of their last nine games. The team ranks 20th in goals against per game, 21st in shots against per game, and 16th in opponent shooting % and save %. With Jacob Markstrom out due to an upper body injury, David Rittich has seen more starts lately. Rittich has a record of 2-4-1 with a 2.77 GAA and a .907 SV%.

Offense has been poor for the Flames in recent games. Calgary has put up one goal in six out of their last nine games. They rank 26th in goals per game, 23rd in shots per game and shooting %, and 22nd in scoring efficiency ratio. Eight players have over 10 points on the season for the team.

Senators Winning Streak Snapped

Ottawa had their three game winning streak snapped on Saturday. They lost 6-3 against the Calgary Flames. Thomas Chabot and Drake Batherson each had two points in the game. Matt Murray started the game and gave up six goals on 33 shots faced. Murray was pulled at the start of the third period for Joey Daccord, who then stopped all five shots faced.

Offense has improved lately for Ottawa. They have scored three goals or more in six of their last seven games. Although their offense has been trending in the right direction lately, they still only rank 25th in goals per game, third in shots per game, and dead last in scoring efficiency ratio. When a team ranks third in shots per game, they should typically rank high in goals per game.

Defense and goaltending are a weakness for the Sens. The team ranks last in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, and save %. Matt Murray and Marcus Hogberg have been struggling in net this season. Murray has a record of 5-10-1 with a 3.72 GAA and a .884 SV% while Hogberg is 2-5-0 with a 4.34 GAA and a .859 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Both teams struggle to score but the Flames have the goaltending advantage. The Flames rank 20th  in goals against per game where the Senators rank 31st in goals against per game. The Sens rank last in goals against per game, opponent shooting %, save %, and scoring efficiency ratio. The Flames have won seven of the last 10 games against the Sens. Calgary will win this game.

Prediction:
Calgary Flames (-153)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Offense has been very poor for the Flames in recent games. Calgary has put up one goal in six out of their last nine games. The Flames rank 26th in goals per game. Ottawa has been better on offense lately but still only rank 25th in goals per game. This will be a low scoring game between two teams who struggle on offense. The under will hit.

Prediction:
Under 6.5