Flames vs. Bruins Prediction
The Calgary Flames have been streaky this season and are winners of their last two games heading into tonight's showdown at the Boston Bruins. Can Calgary notch a third straight win on the road?
Thursday, January 3, 2019
TD Garden at 7:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bruins are a -157 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Flames are a +137 underdog, while the total is set at 6 goals. As of Thursday morning, 66 percent of public bets are siding with host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Flames secure win at Red Wings
Calgary recorded a 5-3 victory at Detroit Wednesday night to improve to 25-12-4 on the season. The Flames fell behind 2-0 through one period, but rebounded to tie it at 2-2 in the second. Sean Monahan brought Calgary within a goal with his 22nd goal of the season assisted by Elias Lindholhm and Johnny Gaudreau. T.J. Brodie scored with 2:01 left in the first period to even it up as Gaudreau and Lindholm assisted again. After the Red Wings went back ahead 3-2 24 seconds later, the Flames again tied it at 3-3 with a Lindholm goal on the power play with 59 seconds to go in the second. Mark Giordano and Gaudreau drew assists. Gaudreau continued his big night with a go-ahead power play goal that turned out to be the game-winner midway through the third period. Matthew Tkachuk and Monahan assisted. Michael Frolik added an empty-net insurance goal with 18 seconds remaining as Mark Jankowski and Derek Ryan registered assists. Mike Smith made 29 saves on 32 shots to post the win.
Bruins double up Blackhawks
Boston prevailed 4-2 in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day as it topped Chicago at Notre Dame Stadium. The Bruins evened it at 1-1 in the first period on a David Pastrnak power play goal, his 24th of the season. Patrice Bergeron assisted on the score. Bergeron scored a power play goal with 1:12 left in the second period to tie it again at 2-2 as Pastrnak and Torey Krug assisted. Sean Kuraly scored the go-ahead goal in the third period with Chris Wagner and Matt Grzelcyk drawing assists. Brad Marchand added an insurance goal in the final minute as David Krejci assisted. Tuukka Rask made 36 saves on 38 shots in the win.
NHL Betting Trends
The Flames are 4-1 in their last five road games. Calgary is 2-6 in its last eight meetings at Boston.
The Bruins are 5-0 in their last five games versus the Western Conference. Boston is 5-2 in its last seven games overall.
I'd feel a lot better about endorsing the Flames if they didn't play yesterday. As it stands, the Bruins had a day off between games whereas Calgary didn't. That can make a world of difference, especially when Boston is at home. The Bruins have played well lately as they've started to get healthy again and I think they will be getting the win tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON BRUINS -157