Vancouver vs. Calgary Preview

The Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Vancouver at Calgary
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA
PREDICTION: Flames 4, Canucks 2
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Oddsmakers currently have the Flames listed as 121-moneyline favorites versus the Canucks, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.

Calgary was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Canucks. They lost as +130 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Miller will get the nod in net again Saturday after his strong effort helped the team stave off elimination. The 34-year-old veteran has been superb since replacing Eddie Lack after one period in Game 4, turning aside 35-of-36 shots. “A lot of times, it’s about just getting back into the fight, back into the battle of playoff games,” said Miller, who missed nearly two months with an injury. “I wanted to be there. … You just have to prepare yourself to play and be ready.”

Team record: 50-32-5
Vancouver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Vancouver is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing Calgary
Vancouver is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Calgary

Mikael Granlund made a guarantee for Game 6 without technically guaranteeing a victory, saying “There’s no way we’re going to lose,” the 22-year-old Finn said. “That’s the mindset we need to have going into the game. There’s no guarantees in life, so why would I guarantee something?” Michael Ferland continued to be a nuisance Thursday, delivering a game-best seven of Calgary’s 25 hits.

Team record: 48-32-7
Calgary is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Calgary’s last 10 games
Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Calgary’s last 9 games at home

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