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The Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 34 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 36 assists and John Carlson has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 55 goals on 694 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 83 goals on 841 shots.
The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrew Mangiapane leads Calgary with 29 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 49 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 92 goals on 1,222 shots faced, and Dan Vladar has allowed 34 goals on 355 shots.
The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Flames are 11-1 in their last 12 home games and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 Tuesday games. The over is 4-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Calgary and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Washington Capitals have some value in the underdog role, but they continue to be hit or miss, and it makes them hard to trust against some of the better teams in the league. The Calgary Flames are on the end of a back to back, but they’ve caught fire over the last two weeks, and they’ve been dominant at home. The price is reasonable. Give me the Flames and the hot hand.