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The scene shifts to Calgary on Thursday when the Flames continue a stretch of five meetings in 10 days with the Ottawa Senators as heavy -200 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary came up short in two of three dates in Ottawa over the past week, and has now fallen to defeat in seven of 10 contests going into Thursday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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The Flames closed out their three-game set in Ottawa with a discouraging 5-1 loss on Monday night. With that defeat, the team has now been limited to just a single goal in each of the seven defeats on their current 3-6-1 run.
Calgary was also badly outshot by a 36-28 margin in Monday’s contest, maintaining a dubious trend that has seen the team allow almost 35 shots per game over its past five contests. The current slide has been tough for the Flames’ playoff hopes. Calgary now sits three points back of the fourth-place Montreal Canadiens in the North Division standings, with Montreal also holding two games in hand.
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Now set to play six of their next seven contests on home ice, the Flames have work to do to improve on their streaky performance at the Saddledome this season. The team returns to Calgary winless in its past two games on home ice, and has alternated between two-game winning and losing streaks while compiling a modest 4-4-0 record.
The Flames must also find a way to kickstart a moribund offense that has tallied just five total goals over their past three home dates, and three goals per game overall at home this season. However, that has not produced steady returns for the UNDER at online betting sites, which has gone 4-3-1 through the team’s first eight home games.
Listed as +170 underdogs for Thursday night, the Senators head west for their next five games after dropping a 3-1 decision in Montreal on Tuesday night. While they remain in last place in the North Division standings, the Senators have shown dramatic improvement in recent outings. Winners in just two of their first 15 contests, the team has now earned two points in six of its past 10 contests.
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A revitalized offense has been key to Ottawa’s recent success. The Senators have averaged a respectable 3.70 goals per game over their past seven outings, and have seen the OVER go 5-2-1 in their past eight games. However, the team has scored just two total goals during a two-game road losing streak against the Flames, and has posted just three wins in 14 visits to Calgary since 2003.
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