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Calgary vs Vancouver: NHL Western Conference Odds and Prediction

Calgary vs Vancouver: NHL Western Conference Odds and Prediction
With their respective National Hockey League playoff aspirations circling the drain, Calgary hosts Vancouver as part of a five-game slate posted on the NHL betting board at SportsInteraction. After the Flames and Canucks both made the playoffs last season, they ended up playing each other in the first round, it’s looking more and more like neither squad will be joining the postseason party this year. Puck drop for this Western Conference Pacific Division battle is slated for 9:00 PM ET on February 19, 2016, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Alberta. Calgary has dominated Vancouver recently, winning eight of the last eleven, and we see that trend continuing in the Stampede City tonight.

Calgary Flames: Young guns have been a smoldering mess

Calgary’s fall from NHL playoff contender status has been very quick and with a thud. A year ago at this time, the Flames were 32-22-4 and they owned a one-point lead on Vancouver in the battle for second overall in the Pacific Division. Calgary would end the season with 30 losses but they have already dropped 28 decisions this season and there are still 26 games left on their schedule. In a nutshell, the Flames tenth ranked offense (2.70 GF/G) simply hasn’t been enough to make up for their last overall defense (3.05 GA/G) or their 15.7% power play efficiency and 73.3 penalty killing percentage. Those special teams numbers are second last and last overall in the NHL respectively. 

Vancouver Canucks: Vanilla ‘Nucks are a mostly smoke and mirrors squad this season

Five seasons removed from their 2011 Stanley Cup Finals run, the Canucks have become just a shell of that Cup contending team – except for the Sedin boys of course. That’s where the vanilla seeps in as Henrik and Daniel are going to be the Canucks top two scores for a tenth straight season. That’s a problem this year being as the twins 90 combined points is almost more than the 99 the next four Vancouver players have contributed. Recently in a Wild Card position in the West, with a 19-17-10 record on January 17, the BC Boys have fallen six points off the pace as they’ve posted a 3-6-2 recent record. The Canucks -27 GF/GA differential is the fourth worst mark in the NHL.

Flames vs Canucks NHL Call: Jacob Markstrom (9-6-4 GAA 2.45) facing Jonas Hiller (8-7-1 GAA 3.27) is the uninspiring goaltending duel tonight. The Flames last played on Wednesday while the Canucks looked dismal getting out-shot by a 33-21 margin at home against the Ducks last night. Calgary has won eight of the last meetings – including a 2-1 mark this season. Both teams enter this contest on a three-game losing streak. Calgary lost 4-1 on the road in Arizona before getting blitzed by Anaheim (6-4) and Minnesota (5-3) at home. Vancouver just dropped three straight at home, versus Toronto, Minnesota and Anaheim, all by a 5-2 final count. Over both teams last eight matches; Vancouver has recorded 14 goals while Calgary has tickled the twine 27 times. We are cruising with Calgary here and a five-unit wager on the SportsInteraction money line price.

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Lines

Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Lines

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