New Jersey Devils @ Calgary Flames: NHL Betting Prediction

By on Jan 11, 2012

Category: NHL Hockey
New Jersey at Calgary
When: 9:30 PM ET, Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
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THE STORY: Fans of the New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames were treated to milestone performances from franchise players last week. Now, New Jersey’s Patrik Elias and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla resume the task of leading their teams up their respective conferences as they do battle Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Elias had a goal and two assists in his 1,000th game – all with New Jersey – as the Devils upended the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Friday night. That was the first of two straight victories for New Jersey, moving the club into sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Elias is showing no signs of slowing down at age 35, averaging nearly a point per game through the first half of the season. Iginla scored his 500th career goal 8 1/2 minutes into the third period of Saturday’s 3-1 triumph over the visiting Minnesota Wild. The Calgary fans gave their captain a lengthy standing ovation for the goal, which made him just the 15th player in league history to score all 500 with one team. More importantly to the Flames, the win ended a five-game losing skid.

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, MSG Plus 2, Rogers Sportsnet West

ABOUT THE DEVILS (23-16-2): New Jersey’s three-game Canadian trek beginning Tuesday in Calgary is a pivotal one. The Devils remain one of the conference’s better road teams at 12-9-1, but the journey through Alberta and Manitoba has deflated more than a few East teams so far this season. One thing working in the Devils’ favor has been a relentless penalty kill that ranks No. 1 in the league while providing an NHL-high nine shorthanded goals.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (19-19-5): With Iginla’s landmark goal out of the way, Calgary now faces the stark reality of being a .500 team with some work to do if it hopes to be a participant in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flames enter Tuesday in 12th place in the West, well ahead of the bottom three teams in the conference but six points back of eighth-place Minnesota. Tuesday is the second of a four-game homestand, with games against Anaheim and Los Angeles to follow.

OVERTIME:

1. New Jersey won the only meeting between the teams a season ago, pulling out a 2-1 shootout victory on Nov. 24, 2010.

2. Iginla has just five goals and seven assists in 16 career games against the Devils.

3. Devils forward Adam Henrique has recorded back-to-back two-point efforts and is now just three points behind Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the rookie scoring race. Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury.

PREDICTION: Devils 5, Flames 2.

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