Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames / NHL – Both teams are in good shape recently and this will certainly be an interesting match. Calgary is currently ranked seventh in the Western conference and they have three points more than the ninth Vancouver. This match is of great importance for the hosts, because they would with a win get closer to just one point behind the Flames. After a slow start, the team of Vancouver has improved their form and they are now back in the game for the playoffs. Begins: 07.01.2017. – 04:00 CET
Vancouver ended last season on the penultimate place in their conference. They were only better than Edmonton and this was one unsuccessful season. This year we want to improve this result and are now playing a lot better. They are currently in the middle of the table and in the fight for the playoffs. If they continue to play like this in the last five games, then they should not have trouble to win playoffs. In the last five games, they have recorded as many wins. Their winning series began with two home wins over the Kings and Ducks. Then they were better than Edmonton as guests after a penalty.
They played the last two matches at home and continued their positive series with a victory over Colorado, while they made their fifth triumph in a row in a duel against Arizona. It is interesting that this winning series started after losing to Calgary away. Now they have a chance to revenge to the Flames for that unpleasant defeat from six rounds ago. Canucks are playing excellent at home and in the last six games, they have experienced just one defeat and that was by Winnipeg. This will be the third match between these two teams during the season. The first match was played in the first round when Vancouver celebrated at home after a penalty.
Calgary had a very bad start of the season and in the first six games, they have achieved only one win and five defeats. After a very slow start, they have recorded three consecutive victories, but then again continued as usual. In the next seven games, they celebrated only against San Jose Sharks, and were defeated in six games. In mid-November, Calgary has played much better and they started to record victories. Thanks to the winning series of six victories in a row at the beginning of December last year, they have improved the situation on the table and were no longer in the lower part. In the last seven matches, they have recorded five wins and two defeats.
After two bad results at home against Lighting and Columbus, where they suffered two convincing defeats, Flames players celebrated at home against Arizona. They played the next match against San Jose Sharks away. Calgary has not played well in this match and they suffered a convincing defeat. However, already in the next game at home, they defeated Vancouver with 4:1. They continued their good series away against Colorado. In a very effective match, they celebrated a victory with 3:6. The last three games were played at home. In the first match they lost to Anaheim, but then won against Arizona and Colorado.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames PICK
Despite the problems in the team, Vancouver is playing good lately. They are in a series of five consecutive wins, and their fans are hoping that they could continue their winning series after this round. Canucks are welcoming a team that a few rounds ago defeated them and it is certain that they will have an even greater motive in this match. The hosts cannot count on four players due to injuries, while the guests will only miss Brouwer in this match. We give a slight advantage to Vancouver in this game because of their good series and the home court advantage.
Pick: Vancouver Canucks win
Odds: 1.90 at interwetten (down to 1.82 can be played)