Calgary Flames +1½ (-230) 5½ (+110) +130
Florida Panthers -1½ (+190) 5½ (-130) -150
The Flames are coming off a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead at 6:17 of the first period. Mikael ‘Bob’ Backlund made it 1-1 at 5:04 with a tip from close range off a Mark Giordano shot. Sean Monahan put Calgary ahead 2-1 at 6:25 of the second period. Dougie Hamilton gave the Flames a 3-1 lead with 2:58 to go in the third period. Monahan reached his 100th goal in the league – the youngest Flames player to achieve that milestone. Hamilton had two assists. Goalie Brian Elliott had 23 saves Calgary is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games and have won two straight. The Flames are one point behind the Nashville Predators in the Western wild card race and four points ahead of the LA Kings. Calgary captain Giordano had scored in three straight games entering Thursday following 10 consecutive games without a single point. For fans who like to bet on hockey, the Flames are against the NHL betting spread in the last seven games on the road and 4-2 SU in the last six games when playing on the road against the Panthers. Tonight’s game is the last meeting between Calgary and Florida for the 2016-17 regular season. The Flames won the opening match-up in the two-game season series 5-2 on January 17th.
The Panthers are coming off a 3-4 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. Florida tied the game on three different occasions. Aleksander Barkov made it 1-1 21 seconds into the second period with a power-play goal. Colton Sceviour tied it 2-2 at 15:53 off a feed from Jussi Jokinen. Jonathan Marchessault tied the game for the Panthers for the third and final time. Edmonton scored the game-winning goal with 7:58 remaining in the third period. Florida had won their last five straight games as well as six of the last seven. Goalie James Reimer made 31 saves in his fifth start in eight games. Barkov has scored six goals and added a triad of assists in eight games since coming back from injury while Jonathan Huberdeau has four goals and four assists in the same period, after missing the first four months of the season with an Achilles injury. The Panthers’ recent streak put the Florida team back in the postseason conversation, one point behind Toronto for third place in the division and tied with the Islanders for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The two teams are scheduled to meet two times in March. For fans who like to bet on hockey, Florida is 0-5 against the NHL betting spread in the last five games at home and 3-8-2 straight up in the last 13 games when playing at home against the Flames.