This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
Calgary Flames vs New York Islanders: NHL Battle at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn
New York Islanders: Rolling after a sluggish season start
Talk about facing tall tasks - New York opened their season with back-to-back battles against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks - losing 3-2 in OT at home and 4-1 on the road. The Islanders have been much better since as they are a 5-1 roll - outscoring their opponents by a 24-16 margin during the hot streak. Apart from their wins over Columbus and Boston, New York has defeated some of the better teams in the NHL including Nashville (4-3) and St. Louis (3-2 in OT) on the road during their last contest on Saturday. New York has to feel a little lucky as they were outshot by a 40-22 margin versus the Blues. Making everyone around him better, Islanders stud Captain John Tavares leads New York with five goals and six assists through eight games.
Calgary Flames: NHL 2014-15 season success is being exposed as a mere mirage
After taking a huge step forward last season, Calgary made the NHL playoffs for the first time in six years, the Flames have regressed more than any other team early on during the young NHL season. A pair of 3-2 overtime wins, versus Vancouver and Detroit, have been offset by six losses as Calgary has limped out of the starting gate with a 2-6 record. Winning when facing adversity was big part of the Flames success last year as they recorded 13 victories when trailing after two periods. Calgary hasn’t come close to replicating that surprising success this season as their six losses have been by a 27-10 margin. At 5’9 and 150 pounds, near jockey size dynamo Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with ten points (1 G - 9 A) and he has been the lone shining star in Calgary this season.
New York vs Calgary NHL Prediction: Making his third start, Jaroslav Halak (2-1 GAA 2.36) will be in net for the Islanders tonight. The Flames counter with Joni Ortio who makes his first start of the season after he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.52 goals against average last year. Calgary’s 31 goals against is the NHL's second worst mark while their 12 goals scored is tied for 25th overall. Neither of those numbers can be turned around easily and the Flames are in tough playing on back-to-back nights in the Big Apple. Try as we might, through extensive research, we couldn’t find one positive point that favors the Flames over the Islanders in this contests tonight. Picking some low hanging fruit, while suppressing any need for greed, give us New York with a 500 unit wager on the money line price posted at the new and improved YouWin.com online sportsbook. Click on the odds image below to check out the new gaming platforms at YouWin and to bet LIVE on this contest tonight.
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