By Greg Dempson
After winning five in a row vs. the Coyotes the Calgary Flames have dropped their first two meetings by identical 2–1 scores this season. Calgary has been the hotter of the two teams of late with the Flames sporting a 4–1 record for the month of February and they’re fresh off a 6–5 shootout win last night in San Jose. Goaltender Karri Ramo was injured last night and replaced by Jonas Hiller with 3 minutes remaining in the third period.
Meanwhile, Phoenix has been heading in the opposite direction going 0–4–1 as well as 2–7–2 since January 14th. In the last 10 games the Coyotes have scored only 18 goals while allowing 33. They’re also 1–6 in their last seven as a host scoring14 goals while allowing 22.
On the Power Play
· Hiller has won eight straight vs. Arizona and he’s on a streak of 11–0–1 with a GAA of 1.97 since last losing to them in regulation on November 23, 2011. Hiller’s also won his last two starts as well as 4–1–1 with a save percentage of 94.2%.
· Although neither goalie has been confirmed as the starter as of this report, Louis Dominque is Arizona’s #1 goalie. He is 0–4 in his last four starts allowing 17 goals, with a save percentage of 85.3%. Dominque does have a 2–1 win vs. the Flames this season.
· Calgary is 33–23 and +60.60-units vs. division opponents the last two seasons.
· Arizona is 3–17 in home games after scoring 2 goals or less in two straight games the last two seasons.
· Calgary 12–3 when revenging a same season loss vs. an opponent this season.
· In the second half of the season for the past two seasons Arizona is 11–41 when playing against mistake free teams, (opponents average 4 or less power plays per game.)
· Play on any team vs. the money line, (applies to the Flames,) that allows an average of 2.85+ goals per game on the season, after scoring 6 goals or more in their previous game. This system is 9 – 5 this season as well as 96 – 64 = 60% and +39.70-units.
Flames vs Coyotes Pick
If Hiller gets the start tonight, my NHL Every Edge selection for this evening is on the Calgary Flames at +115 on the money line.