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Betting Flyers Flames – Flames Look To Shut Things Down Against NHL Scoring Leaders Saturday

Posted by Don Melrose on 2/23/2012 3:23:02 PM
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A recent surge from the Calgary Flames has them within reach of the final playoff spot in the Western conference heading in to this weekend. Emerging from their next contest this Saturday any closer to that eighth spot will be a difficult task, as they take on a Philadelphia Flyers’ squad that is just as desperate for points. The Flyers enter the weekend tied for fifth spot in the Eastern conference standings, and while they are comfortably holding down a postseason position, they will need a strong finish to secure home ice advantage for at least the first round.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Calgary Flames
Saturday February 25, 2012 – 10:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
NHL Sportsbook Line: Philadelphia Flyers

The Flames and Flyers have been held back from reaching their respective potential this season for exactly the opposite reasons. While Calgary has struggled to score goals, Philadelphia has struggled to keep them out of their own net, setting up an interesting sports bet matchup for this weekend.

NHL Betting Preview: Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia ranks first in the NHL in scoring with an average of 3.3 goals per game, with leading scorer Scott Hartnell pacing the team with 28 goals playing on the same line as Claude Giroux. Giroux ranks third in the NHL in points with 70, including 47 assists, and there is no denying that the two have developed a solid chemistry alongside Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers’ top line. Ironically, the Flyers’ biggest problem this season has been the one area that they were supposed to have locked down, with Ilya Bryzgalov struggling mightily in his first season with the team. Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky have split time this season, as head coach Peter Laviollete waits for one to step up in the No. 1 spot.

NHL Betting Preview: Calgary Flames

The Flames haven’t had any indecision in goal for years, with Mikka Kiprusoff getting the job done between the pipes as one of the most consistent goalies in the NHL on an annual basis. Kiprusoff has been solid for Calgary once again, with 27 wins, a 2.30 goals against average, and a .922 save percentage, and is the biggest reason why the Flames are still in contention in the West. The addition of Mike Cammalleri hasn’t provided the boost in offense that they were hoping for, so if Calgary is going to get the job done they will have to start by tightening things up at their defensive end.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Regardless of how well Kiprusoff plays, the Flames are going to have to score some goals eventually if they want to win. The addition of Cammalleri hasn’t translated the way that Calgary had hoped, and even though Philadelphia has been awful at their own end this season, it is hard to imagine the Flames scoring enough goals to come out on top in this sports betting contest.

NHL Betting Pick: Philadelphia Flyers

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