Both Calgary and the New York Islanders are out of the playoffs race, but the Canadians are at least advancing in the right direction. They didn’t lose key players as a result of the trading deadline and have won back-to-back games, while they are East Coast rivals have hit rock bottom in the Metropolitan division.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.00
February has been a terrible month for the Islanders who lost captain Tavarez to a season ending injury at the Winter Olympics. This is the nightmare of most NHL coaches, but for a team that was already struggling at the bottom of the standings, this could prove to be a crushing blow. The New Yorkers lost two more players this week as a result of Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald being traded to Montréal and Philadelphia.
Both were key players and without them the Islanders will have a hard time scoring goals and their already week power play will suffer. By contrast, the Flames are playing much better than they did before the Olympic break and the recent 4-1 victory over Ottawa was a big step forward for goalkeeper Joni Ortio who recorded his first NHL win. Calgary came under heavy fire in that game, as the Senators outshot them and it was particularly difficult to keep a clean sheet in the third period, but they did it.
As a result of Calgary winning games, while the Islanders keep sinking in the standings, the bookmakers have adjusted the odds. The best to be found are offered by Winner Sports and currently stand at even value for a Flames victory in regulation time.