Vancouver Must Run the Table to Make the Playoffs, Including Upsetting Calgary on Saturday Night
The utterly desperate Vancouver Canucks go on the road to take on the mighty Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday night.
Vancouver (38-29-11) and Calgary (48-20-10) have faced each other three times this season with Calgary winning two out of the three games.
This late-season matchup is set for a 7:00 pm PST puck drop.
With the season coming to an end soon, Vancouver needs to win all of their remaining games to have any shot of making the playoffs. Although the Canucks have gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games, they still remain 4 points shy of the eighth-place Dallas Stars. The offense has been hot for Vancouver recently. They've scored 3+ goals in nine out of the last 10 games. So, the scoring frenzy will have to continue for a few more games.
Unfortunately for Vancouver, Calgary looks like a beast. The Flames currently rank in second place in the Western Conference. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Offensively, the Flames are just as dangerous as The Canucks. Calgary has scored 3+ goals in eight out of their last 10 games.
Here's a look at the odds for this matchup at SPREADS.CA:
OPINION (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
Given the way these two teams are putting the puck into the net, we lean to the OVER.
The Canucks know they must take chances to beat a great team like the Flames, especially with their #3 ranking in goals-per-game allowed.
This could result in breakaways going the other way and a wide-open game with lots of scoring.
It's desperation time in Vancouver, and that should show out on the ice.