Calgary Flames at Tampa Bay Lightning Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 4/2/2014
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 PM on RSNW, SunS
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
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Calgary has officially been eliminated from postseason contention although that's been a formality for weeks. The Lightning are in almost the opposite situation in a virtual tie for home ice advantage and needing to win as many of their final six games as possible to hold off Montreal.
It's been a rough year for Calgary, posting a 31-38-7 record and missing the playoffs for the 5th straight season. The Flames have lost two straight to kick off a five game road stretch and have only 6 games to go until the merciful end of this insufferable season. They have managed 5 wins in their last 10 including big upsets of the Rangers (+140), San Jose (+161), Edmonton (+134), and Dallas (+200).
Tampa Bay has been solid at home all season compiling a 22-8-6 record. Tampa has been streaking in the positive direction to finish up the year winning 7 of their last 10. They could be skating on tired legs with 4 OT matchups in their last 6 but a home game against Calgary is winnable nonetheless.
Calgary and Tampa Bay have met up once this season for a January 3rd game in Calgary. The Lightning were just -130 road favorites and scored the lone two goals of the game over a 5 minute period in the second as Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov lit the lamp to cash the ticket.
Calgary is 13-24 straight up on the road this season
Calgary is 18-17-2 against the over/under on the road this season
Tampa Bay is 22-14 straight up at home this season
Tampa Bay is 19-14-3 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/30/14 D Ladislav Smid Upper Body expected to miss 1 week
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
10/12/13 D Brian Lee Knee out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Tampa Bay
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