With 23 games played in the 2019/20 National Hockey League season, it would be fair to claim that things haven’t exactly gone to plan for the Calgary Flames in recent months.
Currently languishing in fifth spot in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, Calgary are already 11 points adrift of the Edmonton Oilers in top spot and the Flames are showing no signs of an early season revival as of November 18th.
Heading into this clash with Colorado, Calgary have lost four games in a row and plenty of punters will be looking to back against the Flames on Tuesday night. 8/11 for a Calgary win looks very short indeed…
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the Colorado Avalanche. Flying high in the ultra-competitive Central Division, Colorado are currently second and sit just three points behind the St Louis Blues in the current standings.
Their recent form has been pretty hit and miss but the Avalanche are heading in the right direction and fans are hopeful of a positive campaign. A third successive season in the NHL playoffs surely beckons.
Enough chitchat – it is time to focus on this week’s contest. It would be foolish to claim that this clash is ‘do or die’ in mid-November but Calgary need to stop the rot and build some momentum. A win here could act as the catalyst for success in 2019/20.
Event Date: November 19, 2019
Calgary Struggling Defensively – Will It Cost Them?
It is hard to put too much faith in the Flames on current form. Offensively, Calgary could do with a convincing performance here to silence their critics – 60 goals in 23 matches isn’t the worst record in the world but most teams have already topped that tally.
Matthew Tkachuk has recorded 20 points through 23 games and Calgary fans will be hoping for a big performance from him. He is the joint leader in terms of goals scored (10) for the Flames this year and Colorado will be wary of his impact and influence.
Calgary have won six of their 10 home games this campaign and the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd will be praying for another triumph against Colorado. The bookmakers make Calgary favourites but that won’t mean much to Flames fans after a run of poor results.
Can Colorado Go All The Way This Year?
Write the Avalanche off at your peril. At the time of writing, Colorado are available at 12/1 with William Hill to lift the Stanley Cup this season and plenty of punters will be tempted by that price. The Avalanche have been one of the top teams so far this season…
Currently leading the Western Conference with 73 goals scored, Colorado’s offensive play is their biggest strength. Nathan MacKinnon has been outstanding in recent months, notching 29 points in just 20 games and he can be Colorado’s difference maker on Tuesday night.
You won’t find many punters siding with Calgary here. The Flames have been inconsistent in the early stages of 2019/20 and it makes betting on them very difficult indeed. Instead, the safer option is to go with Colorado’s potent offense.
MacKinnon could put the Flames to the sword on Tuesday evening and we could see a real masterclass from one of the best in the business. On current form, he is almost unplayable and his presence should give Colorado a slight edge.
The 59/50 available for an Avalanche victory cannot be ignored. Calgary always have a big performance in them but Colorado are in fine form and they are the smart betting pick.
TIP: Colorado Avalanche to win (59/50 with BetFred)
CORRECT SCORE: Calgary Flames 2-4 Colorado Avalanche