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Posted by: Mike Davis
Flames vs Penguins Betting Preview -February 7th, 2017

We’re beginning to draw nearer to the NHL’s trade deadline so online hockey betting fans can expect a few changes, trades, and deals to be made over the coming weeks. March 1st is the deadline and there are plenty of names drawing attention with Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Duchene gaining a good deal of it. But there’s still a plenty of time before that March 1st deadline rolls around which means there’s still plenty of sportsbook predictions to be made.

Tuesday’s round of NHL betting action will feature plenty of competitive contests but one that should be fairly easy to predict is the contest between the Calgary Flames and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The reigning NHL champion Penguins are a top-3 team in the Metropolitan Division and are well on their way in securing another playoff berth. The Flames on the other hand, are a bottom-ranking team in the Pacific Division that is far from cracking the top-3 in their division and even further from securing a Wild Card berth from the West. With that in mind, let’s see what most NHL betting sites are predicting for this particular matchup.


REGULAR SEASON – Tuesday, February 7th

Calgary Flames               +1½ (-170)      5½ (-125)        +170
Pittsburgh Penguins     -1½ (+150)     5½ (+105)       -200

Undoubtedly, most sportsbook fans would agree with the bookies decision to come out in favor of the Penguins. After competing in 51 contests, Pittsburgh has amassed a 33-13-5 record that garners them 71 points – the third most of any team in the NHL.

Additionally, the Penguins are currently tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second seed in the Metropolitan. Furthermore, the Penguins will be coming into this contest on a 3-game online hockey betting win streak after picking up consecutive wins over the Predators, Blue Jackets, and Blues.

The Flames haven’t been enjoying anywhere near the amount of success the reigning Stanley Cup Champions have been. After competing in 55 games, the Flames come into this game with a 27-25-3 record that cumulates them 57 points and ranks them 5th in the Pacific Division – just three spots shy of being at the bottom of the Pacific.

The Flames are coming off a losing season that saw the team post a 35-40-7 record that forced Calgary to miss out on the postseason. Currently the Flames are 9 points shy of cracking the top-3 in the Pacific, but could make a push for the Wild Card.

The Penguins will be relying on their veteran All-Star Sidney Crosby to lead them to the team’s 4th consecutive win. Crosby currently leads the Penguins in points with 59 and goals with 30. Phil Kessel leads the ‘Guins in assists with 33 and Evgeni Malkin has earned the title of ‘bad boy’ for Pittsburgh since he has racked up the most penalty minutes this season with 56.

The sportsbook underdogs will turn to Mikael Backlund to lead them to an upset victory. Backlund leads the Flames in points with 37 while Sean Monahan has scored the most goals with 19. Dougie Hamilton leads the Flames in assists with 25 and Matthew Tkachuk has racked up 92 penalty minutes this season.