The Calgary Flames have put together back-to-back wins to end their season-long four-game losing streak. Next up is a difficult challenge against the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.
While Calgary has surprised with the best record in the Pacific Division this season, the Islanders have equally amazed. In the preseason, nobody would have figured that these teams would be Stanley Cup contenders but here we are.
Islanders vs Flames Betting Analysis
The Islanders have been excellent on the road so far this season with a 17-10-0 record. New York is 6-1 in its last seven games as a road underdog between +110 and +150 odds. The Islanders are also 4-0 in their last four contests against Western Conference opponents this season.
Calgary is 6-1 in its last seven games against Metropolitan division opponents. Home-ice advantage has been valuable to them as they are 18-5-5 at home and are 5-1 in their last six home games against teams with winning road records.
New York Islanders
It’s incredible to see how head coach Barry Trotz has turned the Islanders around this season. New York went from a non-playoff team that lost its best player (John Tavares) to a division leader that looks like a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. The most impressive change is the way that the Islanders have been able to keep the puck out of their net. Thomas Greiss leads the NHL with a .930 save percentage while Robin Lehner is second at .929. The play in front of those goaltenders is a big part of the reason why both netminders have produced such solid numbers. They are third in the NHL in goals allowed per game this month, permitting a paltry 1.67.
Matthew Barzal and Brock Nelson have both stepped up to help replace John Tavares in the middle of the ice. Barzal leads the Islanders with 50 points while Nelson has 18 goals and 37 points this season. New York doesn’t have to score many goals to win as long as they continue to keep the puck out of their net. It will be interesting to see how they match up against a Flames team that is one of the best at the other end of the ice.
Calgary is hoping that its veteran netminder can keep it up after producing his best numbers of the season over the past couple of weeks. Mike Smith, who owns a 3.05 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage on the season, has produced a 2.87 GAA and a .911 save percentage over the past two weeks. Smith should be back between the pipes against the Islanders on Wednesday night.
The Flames have scored goals in bunches this season with Johnny Gaudreau leading the way. Gaudreau, who is tied for the team-lead with Sean Monahan at 29 goals, has also produced team-high 78 points this season. Calgary leads the NHL in goals per game at home (4.25). While much has been made about their recent struggles, keep in mind that most of that was on the road. They are still 7-1-1 in their last nine at home.