Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/29/2014
Sunday, March 30, 5:00 PM on RSNW, RSNE, TVA
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario
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Nobody is really sure what the second to last place Flames are playing for lately, but they've definitely showed some gusto as this putrid season winds down. Ottawa on the other hand, who is single digit points out of the playoff race, has seemingly checked out because they're playing some bad hockey down the stretch.
It's not as if Calgary is on a streak but a 5-5 record over the last 10 is respectable by 2013/14 Flames' standards. They've only been favored twice over that span and have posted wins over likely playoff teams San Jose, Dallas, and Anaheim. Sunday's game in Ottawa marks the start of a 5-game road span for Calgary but at 15 points out of the playoff push, their main intention for the remainder of the season is to play the spoiler.
Not many people actually gave Ottawa a chance to sneak into the playoffs, but they're eliminating all hope with recent poor play. The Senators have gone 2-7-1 in their last 10 and have won 3 total games since returning from Sochi. Goalie Craig Anderson may return this weekend from an undisclosed injury and the Senators could use him, posting a 1-6-1 record since Robin Lehner took over.
Calgary would love nothing more than to repeat the results of the last time they met the Senators on March 5th. As home underdogs the Flames were able to pounce on Ottawa 4-1, cashing out a +104 for their backers.
Calgary is 13-22 straight up on the road this season
Calgary is 17-16-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Ottawa is 13-21 straight up at home this season
Ottawa is 21-13-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/11/14 C Markus Granlund Shoulder out indefinitely
03/07/14 D Dennis Wideman Upper Body likely out for season
03/05/14 RW David Jones Shoulder out indefinitely
03/27/14 RW Bobby Ryan Hernia out for season
03/25/14 D Chris Phillips Upper Body questionable
03/25/14 C Mika Zibanejad Undisclosed questionable
Tony's Pick: Take Ottawa
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