Flames on Fire: Calgary Takes 10-Game Winning Streak into Vancouver

Oh-Canada Feb 23, 2022

NHL Thursday: Can the Canucks Extinguish the Red Hot Flames?

Calgary is riding their longest winning streak in 5 seasons, but they will be tested on Thursday night with a tough matchup in Vancouver (puck drop at 7 pm PT).

The Flames (30-13-6, first in the Pacific) are seeking their 11th straight victory. A win here would set a new all-time franchise record for most consecutive victories. The Canucks (24-22-6, sixth in the Pacific) have an upset in mind. These two Canadian foes battled to a tough 1-0 defensive struggle won by the Flames three weeks ago. This contest could be a similar low-scoring affair.

Early line: Calgary -160 / Vancouver +140 / O/U 6

SOME STATS:

The Canucks are 7-4-5 against Pacific foes.  Vancouver averages 8.9 penalty minutes per game, the seventh-most in the Western Conference. Tyler Myers leads the team serving 48 total minutes.

The Flames are 7-5-1 against Pacific opponents.  Calgary ranks eighth in the NHL averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Andrew Mangiapane with 25.

T. Miller leads the Canucks with 18 goals, adding 35 assists and collecting 53 points. Elias Pettersson has four goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Vancouver.

Johnny Gaudreau has 64 total points while scoring 20 goals and totaling 44 assists for the Flames. Elias Lindholm has nine goals over the last 10 games for Calgary.

LAST TEN GAMES:

Canucks: 6-3-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.8 assists, 4.1 penalties and 9.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .907 save percentage.

Flames: 10-0-0, averaging 4.2 goals, 7.6 assists, 3.3 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 1.5 goals per game with a .943 save percentage.

INJURIES: Canucks: Kyle Burroughs: out (ribs), Phillip Di Giuseppe: out (covid-19).

Flames: None listed.

OPINION (courtesy of Pointspreads.ca):

Vancouver would love to put out the Flames, but Calgary has been on fire lately. We can't take the dog without added value. Perhaps +150 or higher could trigger a wager. Otherwise, pass.

Nonetheless, we do look for another tough battle. Vancouver is 7-16-1 to the UNDER at home this season, so we lean to UNDER 6 goals.

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