After piecing together a four-game winning streak on one close call after another, the Calgary Flames left no doubt in win No. 5, trouncing the top team in the league in its own arena. Fans and bettors will see what Calgary can do for an encore Friday night as it completes its Florida visit with a game against the Panthers. The hosts are also playing inspired hockey, having gone 6-2-1 in their last nine games and coming off a wild 7-4 win in St. Louis.
Flames vs. Panthers Betting Analysis
The Panthers have the edge in this one despite the Flames’ hot streak, but there are plenty of reasons to consider Calgary in this one. The visitors have won five of their last seven games on the back end of contests on consecutive nights, and have controlled the head-to-head series of late with wins in six of the previous eight meetings. The Panthers have also fallen flat after big scoring efforts, losing five in a row after scoring five or more goals in their previous game.
Calgary has been a strong road under play in recent history, going below the total in seven of its last nine games away from Scotiabank Saddledome. But don’t discount the Panthers in their first game back from a long road trip – they’re 9-1 O/U in their last 10 games when kicking off a homestand following a trek of seven or more days. The teams have also exceeded the total in six consecutive head-to-head encounters heading into the first of two meetings this season.
How do you account for a team sitting seventh in the Western Conference in points despite boasting a below average goals-per-game average, power play and penalty-killing unit? The Flames have been one of the best teams in the league at prevailing in close games, going 13-5-4 in contests decided by one goal – with four of those victories coming during their five-game winning streak. Their .591 success rate in one-goal games ranks ninth in the NHL.
The Panthers could use some of the Flames’ close-game heroics, coming into this one having gone just 9-6-6 in one-goal games – good for a .428 winning percentage that ranks 22nd out of 31 teams. They have also struggled to gain points against the West, winning just four of their previous 13 games against the conference. Florida would love nothing more than to end an ugly trend that has seen it win just three of its last 13 home games against the Flames.
Flames vs. Panthers Prediction