If you bet on the Calgary Flames winning any night in the whole month of February before Thursday’s game, you’ve made money.
If you jumped on the Flames bandwagon last night against the Vancouver Canucks, you didn’t even have much of a chance to jump before it headed in the wrong direction.
With Vancouver leading 1-0 midway through the second period, JT Miller and Bo Horvat scored twice in 32 seconds.
Horvat and Miller doubled again in the final 1:18 of the second to make it 5-0 as the Canucks cruised to a 7-1 win to end Calgary’s 10-game winning streak.
It was a hell of a night for a Flames team that had outscored their opponents by a combined 43-14 over the stretch.
That wasn’t the only upset in the NHL on Thursday night.
Here is the TSN EDGE Morning Coffee for Friday, February 25, 2022.
Canucks end Flames’ winning streak
Miller, Horvat and Elias Pettersson scored two goals each, combining for nine points in the 7-1 win.
Vancouver has now scored four or more goals in four consecutive games, going 3-1 in that span.
Meanwhile, last night’s loss marked the first time the Flames have allowed more than two goals in a game since a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 27.
The Canucks cashed in at +170 money line, one of four upsets of the night as the NHL underdogs went 4-4.
The biggest upset belonged to the Columbus Blue Jackets, who beat the Florida Panthers 6-3 as a +375 underdog.
Patrik Laine scored his 19th goal of the season to extend his best 11-game point streak in the NHL.
Columbus has won nine of those 11 games, but is still nine points behind the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Auston Matthews scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs (-140) beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 to snap a three-game slide.
Matthews is now one goal ahead of Leon Draisaitl for the NHL’s leading scorer with three games less.
He could still be found at +125 to win the Rocket Richard Trophy this season.
Matthews is also now the third pick to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP at +550.
Only Connor McDavid (+195) and Alexander Ovechkin (+450) have lower odds of winning this award.
The king of the fourth
For anyone who thought what DeMar DeRozan was doing before the NBA All-Stars hiatus was just a flash in the pan, it might be time to reconsider.
DeRozan scored 37 of 15 of 21 from the field in a 112-108 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.
With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, “The King of the Fourth” took over.
DeRozan became the seventh player in NBA history to record 35+ points in eight straight games.
He shot 50% or better in each of those games.
As highlighted by ESPN Stats & Info, DeRozan opened up 250 to 1 to win the NBA MVP title at a US bookie.
As of this morning, DeRozan is 10 to 1 to win the MVP title. Only Joel Embiid (+145), Nikola Jokic (+270) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (+420) have shorter odds.
Maybe DeRozan doesn’t beat those big three for NBA MVP when all is said and done.
For anyone holding a ticket with him at 50 to 1 or more to win this award, the hope is that DeRozan can continue to perform at MVP level and lead the Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference to give him his best shot for the to earn.
Harden set for 76ers debut
James Harden will make his highly anticipated debut for the Philadelphia 76ers tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 76ers are currently a 2.5-point road favorite.
As difficult as it is to defend both Harden and Embiid, I wonder how much adjustment time these two superstars need to hit their stride together.
Embiid is the MVP favorite right now at +145.
Philadelphia is currently the fifth pick to win the NBA Championship at +750.
The 76ers, who lead the Boston Celtics by 1.5 games in the Atlantic Division, have -210 to win their division and +400 to win the Eastern Conference.
While there is no doubt that Philadelphia’s top two players are currently better than its top two players before the NBA’s trade deadline, the 76ers are still not among the top two picks to win the title in their own. conference.
I’m not confident enough in the pieces around Embiid and Harden to think they deserve consideration ahead of defending champion Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets.
A case can be made for each of Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls to vie for an Eastern Conference championship, but if I had to bet I’d take the Bucks and Nets against the field.
You can’t find any of these teams better than +300 to win the East right now.