edmonton oilers vs calgary flames predictions and preview

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NHL edmonton oilers vs calgary flames predictions and preview


 

 

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After losing Game 1 giving up nine goals the Flames turned things around with a comeback win in Game 2 to knot this series at a game apiece. The Flames had won two in a row before falling to the Oilers in Game 2 of this series. While the team ranked third in the league in the regular season only giving up an average of 2.51 goals, they have given up 11 goals in the last two games. Calgary has lost six of their last seven road games facing the Oilers. The Oilers bounced back with a win in Game 2 and tied this series, which shifts to Edmonton. They have given up three goals or less in three of their last four games while in the other one they gave up nine. In their last game they scored five goals and the Oilers have won nine of their last 11 games after scoring at least nine goals in the previous game. The puck drops at 8pm EST.

 

Not Quite the Same Attack

The Flames lost to the Oilers 5-3 in Game 2 in this series after scoring nine goals in each of the last two games facing them. In the Game 2 loss they took a quick 2-0 lead in the first 6:02 in the first period but could not hold on. Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie, and Tyler Toffoli each found the back of the net in the losing effort where they were 1 for 5 on the power play. Jacob Markstrom gave up five goals on 40 shots and he has given up 11 goals in his last two starts while only giving up six goals in his previous three starts. He has all the ice time in goal in the playoffs and I would think he would get the call again.

 

 

 

Johnny Gaudreau ranks third in the playoffs with 13 points and he has five assists in the last two games. Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm are tied for the team lead with four goals apiece and Tkachuk had scored four goals in two games before failing to score in the last game but did have an assist. The Flames lost both road games against the Oilers this season where they were outscored 10-5.

 

Big Time Comeback

In the Game 2 win the Oilers came back from being down 2-0 early in the first period and 3-1 early in the second period. Five different players lit the lamp for the Oilers in the win including stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who combined for three assists. Mick Smith gave up three goals on 40 shots and that was a tad better than in Game 1 when he was yanked after giving up three goals in the first 6:05. In his last three starts where he played the whole game, he has not given up more than three goals.

 

McDavid led the league in points this season, leads the league with 20 points in the playoffs, and he has scored a goal in each of the last five games where he also has nine assists. Draisaitl, who led the league in goals this season, ranks second in the playoffs with 15 points and he has a goal and two assists in each of the last two games. Evander Kane has seven goals in the playoffs but all in the last series and in the two games in this series he has no goals and one assist. Edmonton is 2-2 at home in the playoffs.





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