Detroit will host the inconsistent Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. It’s the second time this season that the Red Wings will host the Flames and Round 1 went to Calgary as they topped Detroit 4-1. But the Flames are coming off a frustrating loss to the cellar-dwelling Columbus Blue Jackets and the players have publicly vented about their one step forward, one step backward performance so far this season.

They offer plenty of value on the betting lines if you think they’ll bounce back but the Detroit Red Wings are likely to get their revenge. 

Wednesday, November 23rd

NHL odds: Red Wings -185 

 

The Calgary Flames can win because… 

They’ve already done it before. 

Niklas LidstromBack on November 3rd, the Flames ventured to Joe Louis Arena and left with a 4-1 win. Captain Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals while Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to earn the win. The Flames have been inconsistent this year but at least they’ve have some confidence heading into Wednesday’s game knowing they can get the job done. 

Anytime Iginla and Kiprusoff are playing well – the Flames two best players – they’ll have a chance to win. There’s a good chance that happens on Wednesday as both players have good track records against the Red Wings. 

Kiprusoff has played well in Detroit recently as he’s 4-1-1 with a 2.78 GAA there in his last six starts. As for Iginla, he’s in a funk right now but he has five goals and three assists in his last three outings against the Red Wings. 

The Flames have been up and down this year, but the good news is that they’ve shown what they are capable of. Yes, they did lose to the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets in their latest outing but prior to that, they did stomp the West-leading Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. 

The Detroit Red Wings can win because… 

The Flames are a complete wreck at this point and time. 

Calgary is coming off a loss to the hapless Columbus Blue Jackets – how much worse can it really get?

Yes, the Flames beat the Red Wings earlier in the year but since that win on November 3rd, the Flames are just 3-5. They’ve scored a total of four goals in those five losses and Iginla has just one goal in that span. 

The Red Wings have won six of eight and have outscored opponents 18-4 while winning four straight at Joe Louis Arena. They’ve been noticeably better at home this year as they are 7-2-1 in front of their home crowd compared to just 4-5-0 on the road. 

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is 5-2-0 against Calgary in his last seven with a 2.55 GAA. 

Outlook & NHL betting prediction: 

Calgary is a tough team to predict these days and even tougher to bet on. Detroit has plenty more weapons that Calgary and logic says they run them off the ice as they have their last four visiting opponents.

But the Flames are an odd bunch and it wouldn’t surprising if they won. After all, they’ve already topped Detroit at Joe Louis once this season. 

Instead, you might want to consider the under as Kiprusoff seems to play well in Detroit while Howard has a 1.85 GAA this season, which drops to 1.70 when he’s at home.

The under is 6-2 when the Flames are on the road with a total of 5.5 this season, it’s 7-3 in their last 10 and it’s 6-2 for the Red Wings when they face a team with a losing record this season. 

NHL Picks: Under