The Calgary Flames, at a moment in time, were one of the National Hockey League’s most feared teams. With the likes of Lanny McDonald, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour, Gary Roberts and Theo Fleury, the Flames dominated the NHL during the late 1980s, winning back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies and grabbing the franchise’s first and only Stanley Cup in 1989. During that same year, the Flames enjoyed its best-ever season with a record of 54-17-9-0 for 117 points.
Shortly after that banner year, however, the Flames fizzled out — being eliminated in the first round six out of the next seven seasons. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Flames hit a wall and missed the playoffs seven straight years. Then stepped in Darryl Sutter, who resurrected the once-mighty Flames and brought the team back to the finals during the 2003-04 season. Calgary ended up losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
The Flames have won the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best team on two occasions as well as three conference championships.
All-star defenseman Mark Giordano was named in 2013 as the franchise’s 15th captain. Former captain Jarome Iginla remains at the top of the franchise’s all-time scoring leaders with 1,095 points in 1,219 games. His 525 career-goal mark with the Flames is also a franchise best.
Calgary Flames Betting Lines Today
The Flames were one of the best goal-producing teams in the NHL last season and the team could repeat that success during the 2016-17.
Betting on the over for total goals, in some cases, may be the right decision when the Flames set foot on the ice.
But be sure to keep track of who the Flames play next before putting your money on them.
Calgary Flames Scores & Schedule
The Flames are a stronger team at the Saddledome as they’ve proven in the past. But be careful of back-to-back games or if the team is coming off a long road trip.
Calgary Flames Standings Right Now
The Flames play in arguably the toughest division in the NHL. While the Kings, Sharks and Ducks have owned the top three positions in the standings, Calgary could still battle for a wild-card berth.
They are still a few years away from contending for a Stanley Cup.
Take a peak at where the Flames sit in the Western Conference standings before placing your bets.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||108||82||39||24||249||195|
|9||New York Rangers||102||82||40||28||256||220|
|10||St. Louis Blues||99||82||38||29||235||218|
|11||San Jose Sharks||99||82||38||29||221||201|
|14||Toronto Maple Leafs||95||82||33||27||251||242|
|17||New York Islanders||94||82||33||29||241||242|
|18||Tampa Bay Lightning||94||82||32||30||234||227|
|22||Los Angeles Kings||86||82||25||35||201||205|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||79||82||17||36||207||244|
|27||New Jersey Devils||70||82||18||40||183||244|
How To Win At Calgary Flames Betting
The Flames finished the 2015-16 campaign with a miserable 35-40-0-4 record, missing the post-season for the sixth time in seven years. There were some bright spots, though. Calgary was among the league leaders in goals for — mainly propelled by Johnny Gaudreu’s 30-goal season and Sean Monahan’s 27 tallies.
It’s no secret this Flames team are set up offensively for years to come as this rebuilding team averaged 2.79 goals per game — good for 10th overall. Where the Flames really struggled was keeping the puck out of their own net.
Sure, the Flames lost captain and all-star defenseman Giordano, but the team’s lack of chemistry in its own zone essentially took them out of contention. Calgary finished dead last in goals against at 257 and on average, allowed 3.13 goals per game.
The addition of Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins was supposed to give the Flames added depth on the backend, but the 23-year-old blue-liner struggled mightily and finished the season with a -14 rating.
Calgary played exceptionally well in front of its home fans last season with a 21-16-4 record. It was games away from the Saddledome that crippled the Flames, who finished with a dreadful road record of 14-24-3.
The rebuilding under general manager Brad Treliving will last a few more years. Be prepared for further hard times during the 2016-17 season, where Bet365.com has the Flames as +4000 underdogs to win the Stanley Cup.
Expect the Flames to battle for a wild-card spot but in a talent-heavy Western Conference, it may be hard for head coach Glen Gulitzan to steer Calgary back into the post-season.
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