Every team in the NHL starts the season with the hope of making it into the playoffs. Each team knows that making home ice a bit of a fortress is one of the best ways to achieve that goal, but also having a solid record away from home is what tends to put the better teams at the top of the pack. Look at all the division leaders right now and you will see that they are good at home and on the road. It is that level of consistency that is an essential part of making it to the postseason and potentially making a deep run in the playoffs. One team that knows about making that type of run is the Boston bruins, as they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final last season before falling to the St. Louis Blues. They are having another fantastic season, but they will have a tough on Friday night when they play their second game in Alberta is a couple of days, this time going against the Calgary Flames. The Bruins head into Calgary favored by 1 ½, with the goal total for this one set at 5 ½.
Bruins at Flames 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Friday, February 21 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
- TV: ESPN+
- NHL Odds:
Why bet on the Boston Bruins
The Boston bruins come into this one with the best overall record in the NHL, sitting at 38-11-12, good enough for 88 points. They are also sitting atop the Atlantic Division, although that race has become that much tighter, with the Tampa Bay Lightning now withing 3 points after an outstanding run of form. The Bruins, though, are showing no sign of slowing down either, winning 4 in a row and going 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, which includes a 2-1 win over the Oilers in their first game in this Alberta trip. The Bruins are an impressive 17-9-3 on the road this season, as well as being 9-0 SU in their last 9 games against teams from the Western Conference overall. 5 of their last 6 games on the road have gone UNDER the total.
Why bet on the Calgary Flames
There may be no team in the NHL more unpredictable or frustrating to follow than the Calgary Flames. They have been totally unpredictable all season long, following poor runs of form with a stretch of games where they look totally unbeatable. They are on a better run of form at the moment, winning 4 of their last 6 games, but they have not been great at home, winning just once in their last 6 games on home ice. Overall at home, the Flames are 14-11-4, while their total of 66 points has them in one of the Wild Card spots and just 4 points out of first in the Pacific Division. 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two have ended with the total going OVER.
Bruins vs Flames Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Bruins defense has been on fire of late, surrendering just 4 goals in their last 4 games, but the Flames have been scoring for fun recently, so I think we might just see the total go OVER in this one.
Boston Bruins 5 Calgary Flames 4