A couple of teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in the playoff hunt, the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins collide at TD Garden in a cross-continent showdown. Sportsnet West will air the game, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13.
Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston is 34-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.3 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the NHL so far this season, is an improvement compared to how the team performed during last year’s regular season (44-38). Through 54 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 18-11 SU at home this season.
The Bruins have been able to convert on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Bruins have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five contests at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 25.4 saves per game with a .924 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (22 wins, 14 losses, and four OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for Boston this year. If the Bruins decide to give him a rest, however, the team could go with Anton Khudobin (12-8-8 record, .925 save percentage, 2.32 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Bruins. Marchand (53 points) has tallied 21 goals and 32 assists and has recorded two or more points 17 times this year. Pastrnak has 21 goals and 30 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 37 games.
On the other side of the ice, Calgary is 29-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 56 regular season outings, 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team, the Flames are 16-11 SU so far.
The Flames have converted on just 17.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Calgary’s skaters have been called for penalties 4.2 times per game in total this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Mike Smith (29.0 saves per game) has been the main choice in the net for Calgary. Smith owns a 24-23-6 record, and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.
Johnny Gaudreau (18 goals, 48 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Flames.
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Betting Predictions