Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers: Battle of Alberta Act II
Edmonton is seeing dividends from a top draft pick
Possessing anything but a “Midas touch” when it comes to molding their team through the NHL Draft process, Edmonton appears to have finally found a big piece to their puzzle with their 2015 selection of rising star Conner McDavid. Referred to as McJesus by many Oilers fans, McDavid has taken some of the weight off other first round picks (Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov) and he's helped them step up their game. The proof is in the pudding as those four players have combined for 39 points during the Oilers first eleven games – led by twelve points from McDavid. Edmonton’s 4-7-0 record isn’t much to write home about but there is some justification to believing that the Oilers may snap their nine-year playoff drought and gain admission to the NHL postseason party this year.
Calgary Flames: Smoke and mirrors 2014-15 season hasn’t carried over
Few teams accomplished more with less than the Calgary Flames last season. Ending a five-year span of missing the postseason party, Calgary won their quarterfinal playoff series versus the Vancouver Canucks before getting rubbed out 4-1 by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Semifinals. Hard work from what amounted to a “lunch-pail” group of non-descript NHL players, plus a generous sprinkling of luck, helped fuel the Flames last year but none of that has carried over to the 2015-16 season. Heading into action tonight, Calgary is sporting a 2-8-1 record - which is good for 27th overall in the 30-team NHL. A lack of offense, plus horrendous goaltending, has the Flames dead last with a -24 GF vs GA differential as Calgary has allowed 46 goals while scoring just 22 times – Yikes!
Edmonton vs Calgary NHL Call: In a true “Hockey Night in Canada” clash, the Oilers vs Flames fight gets the National coast-to-coast-to-coast spotlight in the Great White North tonight. Buoyed by a stirring 4-3 comeback win over the Canadiens on Thursday, Edmonton trailed Montreal by a 3-0 count, the Oilers will be brimming with confidence on their home pond tonight. The same can’t be said for Calgary as the Flames have lost four in a row and were mauled 6-2 by Montreal at the Saddledome last night. Edmonton doused the Flames 5-2 in Calgary two weeks ago tonight during Act I of the 2015-16 Battle of Alberta. Try as we might, we can’t see the result being a whole lot different tonight. That said, Calgary is a desperate squad and, while the Flames are fragile, they need a solid effort at both ends of the rink tonight. Counting on this being a “firewagon” style contest, we are backing the OVER with a 1000 unit wager on 4.5 alternate game total price posted on the NHL betting board at Bovada.
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