Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks
NHL: Saturday, February 9, 2019, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada, 10:00 PM ET
The Pacific Division showdown from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, will see the Calgary Flames going against the Vancouver Canucks for the fourth time this season, and the Canucks lead the series 2-1. The Flames are topping the Western Conference with 73 points, while the Canucks are tied with the St. Louis Blues at the 8th spot with 55 points.
The Flames are looking to tie the series and stay at the top of the West
The Calgary Flames (34-15-5) are coming off a 5-2 defeat to the San Jose Sharks this past Thursday to record their second loss over the last three outings. The Flames are starting their four-game road trip with the matchup at Rogers Arena, and they are 6-2 in the last eight showings on the road, losing only at Washington 4-3 and Boston 6-4. Also, the Flames are 9-3 in their previous 12 games overall, while the over is 10-2 during that span.
The Flames are often changing their starting goalie, and David Rittich has a 20-4-4 record with 2.54 GAA and .916 save percentage, while Mike Smith has a 14-11-1 record with 3.11 GAA and .889 save percentage. The winger Johnny Gaudreau has 74 points on his account, scoring 29 goals and 45 assists. The center Sean Monahan has bagged 27 goals and 35 assists, while his colleague Elias Lindholm has added 23 goals and 37 assists. The Flames are 2nd in the league in goals per game (3.69) and 9th in goals against (2.87), while their power play percentage is the 8th-best in the NHL (22.9).
The Canucks are looking to end up a three-game skid
The Vancouver Canucks (24-24-7) are riding a three-game losing streak following a 4-3 overtime loss at the Chicago Blackhawks this past Thursday. The Canucks have finished their four-game journey with just one win at the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 and will play their next two games in front of the home audience. The Canucks are just 4-8 in their previous 12 games overall, and the under is 7-4-1 during that stretch, while they are 4-4 in their previous eight showings on the home ice.,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM6IVSGZLEg
Goalie Jacob Markstrom has started in the previous six games for the Flames. This season, Markstrom has a 20-15-6 record with 2.81 GAA and .909 save percentage. The center Elias Pettersson is leading the way for the Canucks, and the rookie sensation has scored 25 goals and 23 assists in 44 appearances this term. His colleague Bo Horvat has added 18 goals and 24 assists, playing all 55 games thus far, while the winger Brock Boeser has scored 18 goals and 19 assists in 42 apps. The Canucks are 19th in the league in goals per game (2.85) and 16th in goals against (3.05), while their power play percentage is 21st-best in the league (16.8).
- 9-11 in the last 20 games overall
- 2-4 in six home meetings with the Pacific Division this term
- Over is 4-3-2 in the last nine home games
- 12-8 in the last 20 games overall
- 3-5 against the Pacific division on the road this season
- Over is 6-1 in the last seven games on the roa