Philadelphia fans will already have one eye on the 2019/20 campaign. The Flyers have failed to inspire confidence so far this year and it may be a smart decision to write this season off.
Rooted to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, Philadelphia have won just 15 games so far this season – tied for the lowest in the NHL. It is difficult to put a positive spin on things…
Meanwhile, Calgary are sitting pretty at the top of the competitive Pacific Division. Fending off their rivals will not be easy though; this is arguably the strongest division in ice hockey.
Only the Toronto Maple Leafs (26) and Tampa Bay Lightning (32) have recorded more wins than Calgary (25) this season. Write the Flames off at your peril; they are Stanley Cup dark horses.
A run of just three defeats in their last 10 outings has seen the Flames hold their spot at the top of the division. Victory here could help Calgary to start putting together another positive run of results.
The form guide points towards a win for the Flames but nothing is a given in the NHL. Let’s take a look at the two teams ahead of Saturday’s clash at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia.
Flyers Low On Confidence After Woeful Run
Philadelphia have lost five National Hockey League games on the spin and you’d be hard pressed to find a worse team right now. The Flyers are struggling and plenty of punters will be backing Philly to finish as the lowest team in the league.
Only two teams have conceded more goals than the Flyers this year and Calgary will fancy their chances up against this Philadelphia defensive unit. Scott Gordon’s side have lost back-to-back home games and a third successive defeat beckons.
A shocking second period cost the Flyers dearly in their most recent clash with the Carolina Hurricanes. Conceding three goals in a crazy 20 minute spell is unforgivable and Philadelphia will need to shore things up if they are to stand any chance of victory here.
Claude Giroux is the standout name on this Flyers roster and he has posted solid numbers in 2018/19. With 46 points in 40 appearances, he is the one player who could make an impact for Philadelphia.
Calgary Destined For Playoffs This Year?
Watch this space: the Flames mean business. Calgary are on the verge of something special and Canadian fans know it. It would be foolish to write the Flames off on current form after a consistent start to the year.
Johnny Gaudreau has been one of the league’s most prominent names this season, notching an incredible 61 points in just 42 games. With 23 goals and 38 assists, he has been central to the Flames in the attacking sector of the rink.
Valued at around 8/5 with most online bookmakers, Calgary are slight favourites to go on and win the Pacific Division title. With plenty of hockey left to play, every game is crucial in the fight for top spot though. Two points here certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
All signs point towards a convincing Flames win here but Calgary won’t have it all their own way on Saturday night. The Flyers will be determined to turn things around and Philadelphia fans will be quietly confident of a huge morale-boosting win.
Gaudreau is in fantastic form right now and Canadian fans will be watching him closely in this one. We could see the Calgary star record another impressive effort and his class could give the edge to the Flames. Side with the Pacific Division leaders to notch an important road win.
TIP: Calgary Flames to win (Priced at 9/11 with Betway)
CORRECT SCORE: Philadelphia Flyers 2-3 Calgary Flames