Calgary continues to battle San Jose for the Pacific Division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the Western Conference, so there’s really no excuse for the Flames to lose this game. They have a three-point lead on the Sharks and each has nine games left to play – circle their March 31 meeting in San Jose as Calgary’s regular-season game of the year.
Senators vs Flames Betting Analysis
The Flames look for their first season sweep of the Senators since the 2016-17 season. Calgary was a 2-1 winner in Ottawa on Feb. 24. Austin Czarnik had the winning goal at 19:19 of the third. Mikael Backlund had given the Flames a 1-0 lead at 4:07 of the first, and Brady Tkachuk tied it at 15:38 of the second. That was the first meeting between Brady and the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk in an NHL game as Brady is a rookie and one of the Senators’ few bright spots this season. David Rittich and Craig Anderson were in net in the first meeting.
The road team has won the past four in this series. The total has gone over in the previous four in Calgary.
Ottawa has won three games in a row just twice this season (never four) and attempted that a third time Wednesday but was routed 7-4 in Vancouver. Anders Nilsson allowed all six goals on 39 shots. The Canucks, who traded Nilsson to Ottawa in early January, scored two of them on the power play in three chances. Likely will be Anderson in net here.
The Sens were down 5-0 early in the third but made things interesting with four straight goals before Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson scored in the final minute-plus to put it away. Rookie Max Veronneau scored his first NHL goal for Ottawa. Blueliner Cody Ceci left the game due to an upper-body injury.
Calgary won its fourth straight home game Tuesday, 4-2 over Columbus – every win in that stretch has been by multiple goals. The Jackets took a 1-0 lead at 10:25 of the first, but the Flames answered at 12:44 on Johnny Gaudreau’s team-leading 35th of the season and at 19:52 on Andrew Magnipane’s fifth. Michael Frolik added No. 15 in the second.
The Jackets pulled within a goal at 5:28 of the third, but Matthew Tkachuk scored the clincher, his 33rd goal, at 19:09. Czarnik had two assists and Rittich stopped 31 shots to win his fourth start in a row. Mark Giordano tied Robyn Regehr for the second-most games played for Calgary (826). Sean Monahan (illness) and Sam Bennett (upper body) were scratched for a second straight game. The Flames are 8-1 in their past nine vs. the Eastern Conference.