|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Saturday, 25 April 2009 10:03|
NHL Playoffs fans often refer to the "home ice advantage" and no NHL wagering series so far has been a better example of than Calgary vs. Chicago. NHL Playoffs fans have scored 4 consecutive NHL wagering payoffs in this series by backing the home team.
Chicago hosted the first two games of this NHL Playoffs series and scored back-to-back wins by identical scores of 3-2. The first game was a particularly thrilling win for NHL wagering backers of Chicago as it came in overtime. But once this NHL Playoffs series went to Calgary the Flames took charge and scored back-to-back wins by scores of 4-2 and 6-4 to even the series at 2 games a piece.
Calgary was a well regarded offensive team heading into the NHL Playoffs as they ranked 7th overall in the league. The defense was much more suspect and ranked only 23rd. So far the Flames have tightened up their defense for the NHL Playoffs while the offense finally came alive at home. Right winger Jarome Iginla picked up in the NHL Playoffs right where he left off in the regular season as the Flames leading scorer. So far in post season action Iginla has 3 goals and 2 assists. Center Olli Jokinen has also been effective with 2 goals and 3 assists. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has a 3.01 goals against average so far in the NHL Playoffs.
Chicago entered the NHL Playoffs as one of the better balanced teams in the league as they ranked 4th overall on offense while ranking 5th overall on defense. Right winger Martin Havlat has a team best 3 goals in the post season but fellow right winger Patrick Kane has so far failed to emulate his productive regular season numbers. Defenseman Cam Barker has gotten off to a strong start to the post season with 2 goals and 3 assists. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin’s goals against average has inflated to 3.29 thanks for a rough visit in Calgary and that must come down if the Hawks are to advance. Expect a great Chicago effort and a boisterous sell out crowd for game 5!
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