Flames at Bruins Picks
By Jonathan Willis
The Calgary Flames have performed well on their road trip so far, and they are looking to keep it going when they take on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Calgary has won three of its first four during this six-game road trip, and the Flames have covered the spread in each as all games were decided by one goal. The Flames are currently tied with Minnesota for the seventh spot in the Western Conference, and they need to keep winning to feel confident about making the postseason.
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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For whatever reason, Calgary has been much better on the road than it has been at home this season. The Flames have been one of the best road teams in the NHL, with a 16-6-5 record away from Calgary. They are making up for a six-game losing streak a little bit ago with this performance.
Under has been a good bet in Calgary’s road games this season. The under is 16-11 overall in their road games.
Boston continues to perform well and has nearly caught Tampa Bay for the top spot in the East at this point. The Bruins are just three points back with a game in hand, and they have been on fire lately. Boston is 8-2 in its last 10 games.
The under has been the right play in Bruins games too this season. Under is 17-12 when Boston is playing in TD Garden.
Injuries to Watch
The only player listed on the injury report for Calgary is Kris Versteeg. Versteeg has been out since the end of November with a lower-body injury but has started skating again. He is still a long way away from returning though.
Both Anders Bjork and Kevan Miller are considered day-to-day with upper-body injuries and may or may not be able to play for this one. They have both been out for a little bit of time, but they should be back relatively soon.
Player to Watch
Although Connor McDavid gets a lot of attention, Johnny Gaudreau is showing that there is another forward in Alberta that can put up amazing numbers. Gaudreau is having a banner year and looks set to crush his career-high in points. With just 14 more points over his last 26 games, he’ll get there.
Gaudreau has been something else in recent weeks. He has scored a point in six straight games and has three goals and six assists overall during that timeframe. Very few teams have been able to shut him out all year as he flusters opponents with his speed.
He may be undersized at 5’9 and 157 pounds, but there’s no denying the impact he has. He can maneuver around bigger defenders and find passing lanes that others can’t with his quickness.
Boston is the best team in the NHL at keeping opponents from scoring. The Bruins are allowing just 2.4 goals per game, and that has made Tuukka Rask a serious contender for another Vezina Trophy. It’s been a banner year for Rask after a slow start, but the defenders are top notch as well and the forwards backcheck and block shots as well as any team.
In fact, it’s such a team effort that they are superb on the penalty kill too. Boston is allowing teams to convert less than 17 percent of their power play chances, placing them fourth in the league.
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The Flames do have some trouble scoring outside of their first line. While Gaudreau is among the league leaders in points, only one other player has cracked 40 points this season. That means teams with good defensemen can focus on shutting down the top line and making the second and third lines beat them.
For that reason, Boston is going to get the win. The Bruins will keep Gaudreau’s line in check and find the back of the net a few times in a comfortable victory.
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Flames at Bruins Score Prediction: Bruins4 – Flames 1