San Jose At Calgary NHL Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info
Sometimes the most difficult game of the season to win is the one that will guarantee you a spot in the playoffs. Even when a team is in a situation where their postseason berth is all but assured, it is that final win that can prove to be the most elusive. This is exactly where the Calgary Flames are at the moment, as they are coming off a home loss to the LA Kings in a game where they could have booked their ticket to the postseason.
They are undoubtedly going to be playing beyond the end of the regular season, but they will want to get that berth locked up ASAP so that they can relax a little and stat enjoying what’s left of the season. That would include their next game up, a home tilt versus the San Jose Sharks, another team that is playoff bound, but who are not playing their best hockey as the regular season draws to a close. Both teams need wins for very different reasons, which should make this a fun one to watch. Find the latest NHL betting spreads here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Sharks At Flames NHL Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info
When: Friday, March 31 at 9 PM EST
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks (43-26-7) have already booked their spot in the postseason, but they will be looking to regain some of their earlier form in their final few games. The Sharks were finally able to pull themselves out of a 6-game losing skid with a 5-4 OT win over the New York Rangers in their last outing. Perhaps more important than the win was the offensive display, as it was beginning to appear as though the goals had dried up for this team. This is not a team that is known for putting up big offensive numbers, but managing just 7 goals in those 6 losses was more than a little disconcerting. The Sharks now have to make the tough trip through Alberta, with a game in Edmonton on Thursday night before this one on Friday.
Why bet on the Calgary Flames
There is sure to be a little bit of disappointment among the Calgary Flames (43-30-4) player and coaching staff today after falling 4-1 to the LA Kings and failing to clinch their playoff berth. That is sure to not be a feeling that sticks around too long, though, as this team has been all business for the past month and a half or so. There have been few teams as hot as the Flames during that stretch, and this is a young team that everyone is going to need to keep an eye on when the playoffs begin. This will be another chance for the Flames to clinch on home ice, where they are 23-16-0 this season.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These two teams are really well matched, and have evenly split their last 8 regular season meetings. The thing that might separate them here is the Sharks playing their second game in consecutive nights. Flames win and clinch that playoff spot.