Down 2-1, the Flames are in serious trouble and probably need to win Tuesday night in Edmonton, to break the Oilers' growing confidence
Oil is supposed to burn. But it's the Calgary Flames who have been getting sizzled and smoked in the Western Conference Semifinals.
So far, Calgary appears to have no answers as to how to slow down, let alone stop the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers. The feisty underdogs currently enjoy a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. Moreover, the Oilers enjoy home-ice advantage. Tonight's Game 4 should bring out a raucous crowd in Edmonton that loves their Oilers.
The bigger question is -- what's wrong with Calgary? They were fortunate to get past Dallas in the opening playoff series and haven't looked anything like the well-balanced team that won 50 games and posted a +85 goal differential.
Bottom Line: The Flames are in serious trouble and probably need to win Tuesday night, to break the Oilers' growing confidence.
The puck drops at Rogers Place at 7:30 pm MST.
Spreads.ca has installed Edmonton as slight favourites. The O/U is 6.5.
Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
Edmonton's Connor McDavid has absolutely owned the Flames over the last two games. McDavid led the league in total points, but his best performance has come in the playoffs where the Canadian superstar has amassed 23 points from just 10 games, with only the great Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux owning better opening playoff records than McDavid.
If Calgary is going to come back and beat Edmonton in this series, priority number one needs to be in limiting McDavid’s impact. We don't see that happening, however.
Right now, McDavid and the Oilers are in a zone. Tonight at home, they should continue to burn the Flames.