Stadium: Gila River Arena (Glendale)
Arizona snapped Colorado's record 19-game home winning streak. Will Andre Tourigny's team beat Calgary? Check the teams’ conditions and expert betting tips. Several betting options are available!Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Arizona has another weak regular season, with no realistic chance of making the playoffs. It's unlikely that anyone has set such a task for such a modestly-named team. The Glendale club frequently went on a losing streak. One of them happened in the second half of January when they lost in five games in a row with a total score of 8:22 in regulation time. It seemed that Andre Tourigny's team was going to Denver to play with Colorado. Still, they created an absolute sensation, beating the Avalanche 3:2 and ending their 19 game winning streak in Ball Arena. Alas, the Coyotes didn't make much of a difference, as they remain the last team in the Western Conference.
This regular season has been a roller coaster ride for Calgary. The Flames had a great start to the season, as they scored points in 10 of their 11 starts, and they did well in some subsequent games. Something went wrong for the Red and Yellow at the turn of December and January when they suffered a severe setback, losing eight out of ten games and thus seriously damaging their position. Now, they've started to find their feet again, winning four games in the last five, and they're often smashing their opponents. Such an uneven performance allows Calgary to sit in eighth place in the Western Conference standings and fight for a playoff spot.
Expert Betting Tips
Arizona pulled off a big upset the day before, beating Colorado on the road, but don't overestimate the significance of this success. The Avalanche played without a proper attitude there, and the Coyotes themselves had not scored in five straight meetings before that. Calgary is in much better shape these days, as they won four of their last five games in a row and thrashed their opponents from time to time. Moreover, the team from Glendale is the worst at home, but Alberta is the second in the West by results of guest battles. So we bet on the victory of Calgary with a handicap (-1,5).
Calgary is not the most productive team in the NHL this season, but recently their attack began to please more and more often. In the previous seven games, the Flames scored 27 goals (3.86 average per game), which is a solid figure. Arizona also has the weakest defence in the league, as evidenced by the 165 goals conceded in 44 meetings played (3.75 average per game), an awful result for such a long stretch. With that in mind, Calgary's total over 3.5 pucks seems to be the best option.
Over the past couple of years, Andrew Mangiapane has developed from an AHL-level player into a top-6 pick in Calgary's offence. At the last World Cup, he was even the main hero for Team Canada, scoring 11 points (7 goals + 4 assists) in seven games at the tournament. The trip to Riga has made the 25-year-old forward more confident in his abilities. He has already scored 25 points (20 goals + 5 assists) in 41 games in the regular season with the Flames and is now just seven points away from breaking his personal best. The Canadian is in great shape, so it is worth looking at the bet on the total over 0.5 points of Andrew Mangiapane.