Three important things of note happened in the sports world in 2006. Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points on the Raptors, Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list and the Calgary Flames earned their last win against the Ducks in Anaheim.
I’m obviously being a little facetious there on the last point but with the Flames’ 4-1 loss to the Ducks at the Honda Center back in November pushing their losing streak in Anaheim to 26 games, it’s one worth talking about.
If you’ve been riding this stroke of good fortune for the Ducks and bet on Anaheim in all 26 of those games, congratulations – you’re $1600 richer.
To put into context exactly how bad this streak is, consider that the Flames have had six different head coaches and played 897 regular-season games since they last won a game in the O.C. When the Flames got their last W in Anaheim, the Ducks flew their flag under the colors of purple and turquoise and had the namesake of a particularly quacky ’90s movie. So Calgary, maybe you should channel the energy from that Gordon Bombay-coached Mighty Ducks team and keep swingin’ — maybe you’ll give them a cold.
What does all this mean for bettors? That’s a little unclear. Both teams are involved in a tight, four-way race for the Pacific Division crown and both are excelling down the stretch. Their meeting Saturday is a potential preview of a first-round playoff series and with a lot on the line, expect the Flames and Ducks to leave everything on the table.
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Anaheim, however, will be on the second half of a back-to-back and playing their third game in four days. The Ducks have not been especially good in this particular situation, going 1-7 straight up in their last eight games on the second half of a back-to-back and were actually beaten by the Flames 8-3 at the Saddledome back in December a day after playing the Oilers – the same team they’ll be playing the day before their matchup with Calgary.
That 8-3 win that the Flames earned against the Ducks earlier this season ended a long run of futility for Calgary in its series with Anaheim and stopped an eight-game losing streak against them. The Ducks have also cashed the puckline eight times in their last 10 matchups with the Flames, including four times in a row as the home favorite.
The Flames will be the betting underdog in this one given their history against the Ducks, but don’t be a square. Analyze the matchup on Sunday, see who’s playing in net for both teams and check the injury reports. This time of year can be sketchy for bettors with coaches trying to give their stars some rest heading into the playoffs and you don’t want to end up on the wrong end of an AHL goalie call-up.
I can’t tell you who to bet on in this one but if you know of some curse against the Flames that I’m not aware of, by all means, feel free to let me know so I can cash in too.
Here’s a look at their last 10 matchups:
|Date||Away||Home||Away Score||Home Score||SU Result||Home Spread||ATS Result||Closing Total||OU Result|
|December 29, 2016||Ducks||Flames||3||1||W||-1.5||W||5.5||U|
|December 4, 2016||Ducks||Flames||3||8||L||-1.5||L||5||O|
|November 6, 2016||Flames||Ducks||1||4||W||-1.5||W||5.5||U|
|March 30, 2016||Flames||Ducks||3||8||W||-1.5||W||5.5||O|
|February 21, 2016||Flames||Ducks||2||5||W||-1.5||W||5.5||O|
|February 15, 2016||Ducks||Flames||6||4||W||1.5||W||5.5||O|
|December 29, 2015||Ducks||Flames||1||0||W||-1.5||W||5.5||U|
|November 24, 2015||Flames||Ducks||3.0||5||W||-1.5||W||5||O|
|May 10, 2015||Flames||Ducks||2||3||W||-1.5||L||5.5||U|
|May 8, 2015||Ducks||Flames||4||2||W||1.5||W||5.5||O|