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The Calgary Flames are all set to host the Winnipeg Jets for the second game of a two-game series on Saturday night. Their last game ended in a 3-2 Winnipeg victory.
Calgary Trying to Stop the Bleeding
After Friday night’s loss, the flames are 15-16-3 with 33 points, which puts them at sixth in the North Division. They have lost four straight, including losing both games of a two game series to the lowly Senators in Ottawa this last week. They most recently fell 3-2 to Winnipeg at home.
Milan Lucic and Matthew Tkachuk both scored goals in the loss, with Noah Hanifin picking up two assists. Team points leader Elias Lindholm recorded an assist, he now has 28 points on the season, including 20 assists. Team goals leader Johnny Gaudreau didn’t get his ham and cheese before the game, and went without a point in the loss.
Jacob Markström had an off night in goal, allowing three goals on 29 shots. Two of the goals came on the power play, as the Flames couldn’t stay out of the penalty box.
The late push wasn’t enough to send this one to overtime. pic.twitter.com/dbcMMqn9nn
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) March 27, 2021
Winnipeg Fighting to Stay Atop Northern Standings
Winnipeg won its third straight game to improve to 44 points on the season, and are now tied with Toronto for first in the division. They played strong defense and took advantage of power plays in the latest win at Calgary.
Paul Stastny and Blake Wheeler each scored power play goals, and Kyle Connor added a full-strength goal to lead the Jets to the win. Each goal scorer also had an assist, so each came away with two points. Connor leads the team in goals with 16, while Mark Scheifele leads the team with 39 points. He added an assist in the win.
Connor Hellebuyck played lights out, stopping 25 of 27 shots in the win. In the closing minute of the game, the Flames were on the power play and played with an empty net, so the Jets were playing at a two-man advantage. Despite the multitude of opportunities, Hellebuyck and co. held strong and secured the win.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 27, 2021
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Calgary is suffering right now. Despite having all the elements of a talented team between Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Lucic, Giordano, Markström, and more, it hasn’t come together. They manufactured some good opportunities at the end of Friday night’s game, but couldn’t stay out of the penalty box and it was all too little, too late.
Winnipeg is playing strong and confident, and has a chance to fully claim the top spot in the North if Toronto loses to Edmonton on Saturday night. Jets win.
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
Hellebuyck is playing hot, Markström is not. Despite this, both teams have potential to put up a lot of goals in a hurry. After a down night, look for both teams to take advantage of tired defensive legs and light up the scoreboard. Go with the over.