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The Calgary Flames will be looking for their fourth win in five outings when they close out their season series with the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night as +110 road underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary opened its current two-game set on Thursday night with a 3-1 victory, and will be aiming to extend its current win streak against Edmonton to three games with a victory in Saturday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.
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The defensive play that has been key to the Flames’ recent success was once again on display in Thursday’s victory as +105 underdogs (how the moneyline works). With goaltender Jacob Markstrom once again flashing playoff form while starting in a 10th consecutive game, the Flames effectively shut down the vaunted Oilers offense, turning aside 30 of 31 shots, including a 14-shot third-period barrage.
Markstrom has had plenty of help from his teammates during the team’s stingy run. Overall, Calgary has allowed more than two goals just once during the team’s current 6-3-0 run, and given up just 1.657 goals per game during that stretch.
Calgary’s steady defensive play has powered a steady run for the UNDER in totals betting, which has prevailed in eight straight road games. The Flames have also been enormously successful at containing the Oilers in each of their past two meetings, surrendering just one total goal during that stretch after allowing 23 total goals over their previous five meetings.
But while the Flames have proven they can compete with any of their North Division opponents when they pay attention to defense, their recent efforts have failed to lift them into a postseason position.
After seeing Montreal escape with a 5-3 win over the slumping Winnipeg Jets on Friday, Calgary remains six points back of the fourth-place Canadiens with just seven games remaining on the regular season schedule. And with Montreal set to face off earlier in the evening against Ottawa, a victory by the resurgent Senators would go a long way towards giving the Flames a lift heading into this season’s final Battle of Alberta matchup.
While the Flames battle to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Oilers aim to strengthen their grasp on second place in the division standings as -130 home favorites at betting sites. With Thursday’s defeat, Edmonton now rides a two-game losing streak on home ice, ending an eight-game win streak.
The Oilers have remained a force on home ice, limiting opponents to just two goals per game over their past 10 contests. However, Edmonton’s streakiness at home is nothing new, with the team enduring three-game losing streaks there on two previous occasions this season.