Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames NHL Free Pick
Sean Murphy recommends a play on Calgary Flames ML (-128)
The Oilers got the better of the Flames in the front half of their season-opening home-and-home series but I look for Calgary to answer back in its home opener on Friday night.
Edmonton had little trouble getting up for its opener. Keep in mind, the Oilers weren’t just playing their first game of the season, or even their first home game, but they were opening a brand new arena. It was a big night in Edmonton to be sure and the Oilers brought their ‘A’ game, scoring early in the first period and never looking back in a wild 7-4 victory.
Here, I look for a response from the Flames – a team that I don’t believe will be nearly as bad as some believe.
Just two years ago, Calgary was one of the league’s surprise teams, not only reaching the postseason but winning a series before bowing out to the Ducks in the second round. Last season, the Flames fell well short of expectations and like every other Canadian NHL team, missed the playoffs. I’m confident we’ll see them get back in contention here in 2016-17.
Calgary put forth an undisciplined, sloppy effort on Wednesday night in Edmonton, giving the Oilers six power play opportunities and allowing seven goals in all.
It won’t be difficult to rally the troops on Friday night. Look for Johnny Gaudreau to lead the offensive charge as the Flames pick up their first victory of the season. Take Calgary (8*).
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