Hockey odds handicappers continue to respect how the Phoenix Coyotes are a Western Conference playoff contender as a surprise value with the hockey gambling odds.
The Phoenix Coyotes will host the Calgary Flames on Thursday night with a starting time of 9 PM ET. Be sure to open your Sports Gambling account for side and total action on this critically important Western Conference matchup that has major playoff implications for both teams.
The Calgary Flames were given up for dead as a playoff team last December but had climbed all the way up to 5th place in the Western Conference standings with a hockey betting record of 34-24-3-6. The Flames were 14-14-2-3 on the road and were a break even 15-15-3 split on totals as a visitor.
Calgary was in good form as of late with 6 payouts in 9 games from February 14 through March 4. The Flames went over the total 6 of the games in that span. Calgary was one of the better offensive teams in the NHL as they ranked 6th for goal scoring. The defense was middle of the pack and ranked 15th for goals against.
Calgary’s resurgence was led by team captain Jarome Iginla as the right winger had 29 goals and 36 assists. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was another key asset for Calgary as he had a 2.56 goals against average with 30 wins on the season and a most impressive 6 shutouts. Left winger Rene Bourque had 22 goals and fellow left winger Curtis Glencross had 21 goals.
Phoenix was beginning to show bad form heading into the stretch run as they lost 5 consecutive games from February 23 through March 3. The Coyotes showed solid improvement on offense and ranked 12th in the NHL for goal scoring but the defense slipped to 17th after being an online hockey betting asset last year.
Keith Yandle led the Coyotes with 54 points. Phoenix went under the total in just 12 out of 31 home games.
Phoenix has paid out in 3 consecutive games at home with the hockey odds against the Flames and the two teams have gone over the total in just 2 of their last 8 meetings at Phoenix.