Thursday, February 3, 2011
Calgary at Atlanta
Two teams heading in opposite directions meet tonight in Atlanta as the Flames travel south to play the Thrashers. Calgary has lost just once in regulation in their last 10 games and all of a sudden found themselves just 2 points behind 8th place Chicago in the Western Conference.
Calgary got off to a terrible start this season but have found the hot hand lately and have won 5 in a row with impressive wins over Dallas, Vancouver, Nashville twice and St. Louis.
Atlanta has won just twice in their last 10. The Thrashers were a feel good story this season and at one time, found themselves atop the SouthEast Division. Things have gone poorly since and Atlanta can fall out of playoff position for the first time this season with a loss and Carolina win tonight.
Atlanta was beaten soundly at home by the Islanders on Tuesday night 4-1 and didn't look like a team desperate to make the playoffs. Islanders announcer Howie Rose rumored that some team officials feel a sale of the team and move could happen as early as next season. Could this be what has turned their season downward?
Tonight we like the Flames. The Flames have the character and experience to keep the momentum going forward towards the playoffs.
PICK: FLAMES +105