In an action-packed Tuesday scheduled hockey slate, an intriguing bout between two teams with high expectations will take place as the Calgary Flames head out to the east coast to do face-off with the new jersey devils in a rematch. It is time to take a look at our NHL odds series where our Flames-Devils prediction and pick will be revealed.
Storming out of the gates to a very impressive 9-3-0 record, the Devils have managed to win six consecutive games and haven’t gone down in defeat in at least two weeks. With victories over teams like the Avalanche, Blue Jackets, and Oilers, New Jersey has even proved that they can go toe-to-toe with some of the league’s elite teams. After edging out the Flames on Saturday night by a score of 4-3, the Devils would want nothing more to defuse for the second time in four days.
While Calgary got off to an above-average start to the regular season with wins in their first five of six contests, a dreadful and current five-game losing streak has the Flames barely keeping their heads above water. After making an impressive run in the postseason a season ago, Calgary needs to get rid of their losing ways as soon as possible before full panic mode sets in.
Here are the Flames-Devils NHL odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NHL Odds: Flames-Devils Odds
Calgary Flames: +1.5 (-210)
New Jersey Devils: -1.5 (+168)
Over: 7 (+114)
Under: 7 (-140)
Why The Flames Could Cover The Spread
Without a doubt, the Flames are a team right now that can’t seem to do a whole lot right at the moment. During their ugly losing skid, Calgary has given up at least four goals in all but one game and also seems to be slumping on the offensive side of the ice. In their last outing against the Islanders, the Flames seemed destined to finally chalk up a hard-earned victory after leading by two goals in the third period, but Calgary would go on to squander that commanding lead by allowing the game to go to overtime and eventually losing in crushing fashion. An even tougher pill to swallow has been the fact that Calgary has at least held a lead in four of the five losses.
In order to cover the spread against a red-hot Devils squad and close the door on this game, the Flames will need to get off to a stellar start like they did versus New York. Although the Flames couldn’t finish, they were able to outshoot the Islanders 30-12 in the first two periods. Another swift start would do wonders for this Flames team, but it will be all for not if they cannot keep the pedal to the metal and take care of business in the closing stages.
The biggest difference-maker for this Flames crew will be which version of goalie Jacob Markstrom will we see this evening. The last time we saw him out on the ice, Markstrom saved 28 of 32 shots in the overtime loss for a measly .875 save percentage. In fact, the Flames goaltender has allowed 14 goals in his previous four starts and will need to play much better if Calgary wants a shot in this one.
Why The Devils Could Cover The Spread
For a team that concluded the 2021-2022 regular season with a 27-46-9 record, the explosive start to this year has left many Devils and hockey fans around the world speechless. Relying on late-game theatrics to boast their longest winning streak in more than a decade, the Devils are a confident bunch with an abundant amount of skill to overwhelm most opponents they face off with. For example, New Jersey has received stupendous and clutch play from nearly every skater that suits up for play. On paper, the Devils do most of their damage on offense as they are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are even doing a phenomenal job in racking up assists. Thus far, New Jersey has had a total of 72 assists which is currently the seventh-most in the entire league.
Not to mention, but the Devils’ greatest weapon out on the rink has hands down been the tremendous play of left-winger Jesper Bratt. Through his nine games played, Bratt leads the club in goals, assists, and total points and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Leading to these scoring opportunities has been the fact that Bratt has been getting plenty of shots off on net including a total of five coming in the overtime win versus the Islanders. He will certainly be a major factor if New Jersey is able to win a seventh straight game.
If there is any bad news for the Devils, it will be that their number-one goalie Mackenzie Blackwood will be unavailable for play after spraining a collateral ligament in his knee. It will be up to backup Vitek Vanecek to build off his 5-1-0 record since becoming the Devils’ starter in net.
Final Flames-Devils Prediction & Pick
No doubt, this matchup has the makings to be an entertaining one to say the least, but it would be unwise to bet against the Devils during the midst of their blazing ways.
Final Flames-Devils Prediction & Pick: Devils -1.5 (+168)