Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Free Predictions 10-12-16
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Calgary was a playoff group two seasons prior, however, slipped to 77 points a year ago and fifth in the Pacific Division. The Flames were a sufficiently 21-16-4 at home yet 14-24-3 on the road. Which ultimately killed their playoff hopes.
Left winger Johnny Gaudreau drove the team with 30 goals and 48 assists. Gaudreau was also the only Calgary player with a positive rating of +4. The Flames inked their American stud to a six-year, $40.5 million extension on Monday.
Gaudreau did not attend training camp due to not being under contract. Calgary’s center of Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton are currently all inked through 2021.
This will be the Flames first season with Glen Gulutzan behind the pine. Gulutzan had been a colleague with the Canucks. Gulutzan likewise was the head mentor with the Dallas Stars for two seasons, arranging a 64-57-9 stamp while missing the playoffs in 2011-12 and 2012-13. At long last, he was the mentor of Calgary’s ECHL associate in Las Vegas from 2003 to 2009.
Calgary’s other enormous offseason move was to update in net by exchanging for St. Louis’ Brian Elliott. He drove the NHL with a .930 save percentage last season. His 2.07 goals against average was second to Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2.06).
Edmonton Oilers Preview
The Oilers missed the playoffs for a tenth straight season a year ago, completing with 70 points. Just Toronto had less. Young stud Connor McDavid missed a huge lump of last season because of a broken collarbone, however, had 16 goals and 32 assists in just 45 games.
His 1.07 point per game was the best of any rookie and fourth in the NHL last season. Edmonton’s driving scorer in 2015-16 was Taylor Hall with 26 goals and 39 assists. But he was exchanged to New Jersey for defenseman Adam Larsson. He’s a decent player and will make the Metro division harder to compete in.
Edmonton likewise exchanged former No. 1 general pick in Nail Yakupov to St. Louis for forward Zach Pochiro and a contingent third round pick in 2017.
Edmonton fundamentally supplanted Hall by signing forward Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million contract. Lucic had 20 goals and 55 assists in 81 recreations with the Los Angeles Kings last season. He is brought together with Oilers general director Peter Chiarelli, who had Lucic when they were with the Boston Bruins.
The group additionally just as of late marked defenseman Kris Russell to a one-year bargain. He went through last season with Dallas and Calgary and positioned second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots, and drove the class in the same classification in 2014-15, blocking 283 shots.
Flames vs Oilers Free Predictions 10-12-16
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