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The Calgary Flames (26-18-5, 57 points) hit the road to play the Ottawa Senators (16-23-8, 40 points) on Saturday in search of their second straight victory. The Flames are now in first place in the Pacific Division tied with the Arizona Coyotes and one point in front of both Vancouver in Vegas.
Ottawa keeps sinking and sinking fast. The Senators have lost 9 straight games and are in 7th place in the Atlantic division. Ottawa is in front of just the Detroit Red Wings otherwise they would be in the basement in the Atlantic. In their most recent loss the Senators fell to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night for 2.
Five-Way Race in Pacific Division ContinuesThe Calgary Flames are battling with four other teams in the Pacific Division with just two points separating all five teams. It's not surprising to see a team on Friday in first place but on Monday in 5th place. Therefore for the Flames need to keep winning and win against the weaker team such as the Ottawa Senators.
"He'll do anything to win ... he's an ultra-competitor."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 17, 2020
Brady Tkachuk talks about his big brother Matthew following the Senators practice in Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/fleKuXR3ic
The Flames are led in scoring by Elias Lindholm with 20 goals, Johnny Gaudreau with 25 assists and Matthew Tkachuk with 38 points. Calgary’s power play is sitting at 18.9% while the penalty kill is a respectable 83%. The Flames defense is allowing an average of 2.90 goals per game while the offense is scoring at the rate of 2.61 goals per game.
When Will the Losses EndOttawa just keeps on losing. The Senators dropped their ninth consecutive game on Thursday after falling to the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2. The Senators goalie Craig Anderson was strong in net making 39 saves while Connor Brown and Vladislav Namestnikov each scored in the loss for Ottawa.
Anthony Duclair leads all goal scorers for the Senators with 21 and is at the top of the list in points with 32. Thomas Chabot is the leader in assists for the Senators with 23. The Senators power play is a paltry 11.6%, while the penalty kill for Ottawa is 80.8%. The Senators defense is allowing an average of 3.36 goals per game while the offense is generating just 2.66 goals per game.
- Ottawa is 4-9 in the last 13 versus a Pacific division team
- The Senators are 2-5 in the last seven played on one day’s rest
- Calgary is 6-1 in the last seven
- The Flames are 4-1 in the last five following a win
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
There are only one or two teams where Ottawa would be favored and playing against Calgary is not one of them. The Flames have won each of the last four games played head-to-head with the Senators and the favorite, Calgary, has won each of the last four. Although the Flames do not have a strong offensive punch averaging 2.61 goals-per-game but will be facing one of the weakest defenses as Ottawa is allowing an average of 3.36 goals per game.
Prediction: Calgary Flames
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone under in each of the last four games between Calgary and Ottawa. The total has also gone under in four of Calgary's last five overall and 19 of the Flames last 27 played on the road. In addition, each of the Senators last four games have finished under.