There are a handful of teams in the NHL who can be considered legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, and then a few more who fall into the dark horse category. As far as favorites go, it’s impossible to look past the Washington Capitals, as they are once again putting together a magnificent regular season. That they have not been able to translate their regular season prowess into postseason wins is something that will have many hockey bettors maybe giving them a wide berth once the playoffs begin. If you are looking for a solid dark horse team this year, look no further than the Calgary Flames. They had some teething troubles under new head coach Glen Gulutzan early in the year, but there is no team in the league hotter than this group right now. This will be a fantastic test for the Flames, as it will allow them to see just how well their young guns stack up against a very good Washington Capitals team. This is definitely a game to watch on Tuesday night. Find out more about the latest NHL betting spreads here.
A Closer Look At The Flames At Capitals Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info
When: Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM EST Where: Verizon Center, Washington TV: RSNW and CSNB Radio: Sportsnet 960 and FNR Live Stream:NHL.TV NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Calgary Flames
How good are the Calgary Flames (41-27-4) looking right now? How about 12 wins in their last 13 games good. This is a group of guys that appears to be hitting their stride at just the right time, and while all heir major stats are sitting in the middle of the pack, they are slowly but surely starting to creep towards the top 10 in every category. One of the major strengths of this team is that they are not shy about spreading out the scoring, as they currently have 12 players in the double digits in goals scored. They also have a legitimate playoff goaltender in Brian Elliott, and a road record (19-12-4) that is sure to be the envy of a lot of teams in this league.
Why bet on the Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals (46-17-8) have once again cracked the 100-point mark for the season, and already have their playoff ticket punched. This is not a team that can afford to rest on their laurels, though as there is still a real chance that they could drop as far as 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. The Columbus Blue Jackets are tied in points, and the Pittsburgh Penguins are just one off the pace. The Capitals are still in control of their own destiny, and they will be able to hold onto the top spot of they can maintain their stunning record at home, where they are currently 28-6-2. At just 5-4-1 in their last 10 games overall, though, they may be starting to feel the pressure.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams have made a habit of splitting their season series over the past few years, and if that trend holds true, it will be the Flames who come away with the win here. I like them to do just that, as they have some real momentum going right now.