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NHL Handicapper Free Play: Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils

01.19.2016     07:56 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly

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Calgary +100 at New Jersey O/U 5 
Recommendation: Calgary

The New Jersey Devils return home after a four-game road trip to host the Calgary Flames at the Prudential Center. Both clubs enter this contest losing three of their last five games but the Devils are struggling to find consistent scoring while Calgary's defensive woes have spoiled their recent outburst of offensive production. The Flames lost to division rival San Jose last week 5-4 in a contest where they outshot the Sharks 35-18. The off night by goaltender Karri Ramo, who played all 60 minutes and made 13 saves, forced head Bob Hartley to turn to veteran netminder Jonas Hiller for the next two games. Hiller, who hadn't started for the Flames since December 12th, split the pair of games. He first posted a 15-save shutout in a 6-0 blowout victory over the red hot Florida Panthers and then made 35 stops in a tough 2-1 shootout loss to Edmonton. The 33-year-old Swiss goalie will start once again against the Devils where he holds a 2-2-2 lifetime record. New Jersey will counter in net with Cory Schneider, who is 4-5 in his career versus Calgary with most of his starts coming as a member of the Vancouver Canucks early in his career. New Jersey went 2-2 on their recent road trip, and now return home, where they have lost four of their last six games. Calgary has struggled on the road all season with a 6-11-3 mark away from the Saddledome. However, they are catching a tired team that will be missing some key pieces for this contest. Devils forwards Jiri Tlusty, Mike Cammalleri and Kyle Palmeri are all dealing with injuries, while defenseman Jonathon Merrill is out with an upper body issue and forward Bobby Farnham is missing the third game of a four-game suspension for his vicious hit on St. Louis winger Dmitrij Jaskin last week. I'll side with the Flames here to look to pick up a pair of points in the Garden State tonight.

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