Calgary at Philadelphia
Recommendation: Philadelphia -1.5 +180
The Philadelphia Flyers look to earn an important pair of points tonight as they host the Calgary Flames. With 67 points, the Flyers are third in the Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference with 21 games left and just four points behind rival Pittsburgh for that final playoff berth. Philly has earned at least 1 point in seven of its last 10 games and are 3-1-1 in their last five contests at home. Calgary has made some moves before the deadline, most notably trading away veteran Jiri Hudler to the Florida Panthers for a pair of draft picks; a sign that this Pacific Division club that just a year ago was making noise in the postseason, is now rebuilding for the future. Calgary has lost three of its last four games on the road and are 2-7-1 away from home versus Eastern Conference opponents this season. This is a clear cut case of one team looking to make a push into the playoffs against a squad that is looking forward to the offseason. The Flames have failed to cover the puck-line in five of their last seven losses as an underdog, and their defense has allowed 25 or more shots on goal in 10 of their last 11 games. Good spot to cash in on the big plus price by laying the -1.5.