Clash in Canada
The 2022-23 NHL season continues to roll along, and there are a ton of betting online options on Thursday night. The Calgary Flames host the Montreal Canadiens in one of the matchups, and this game could end up being a pretty good battle.
Montreal has won three of its last five games, but they are still struggling to really get going. The Canadiens have picked up 23 points this season, but they play in a very loaded Atlantic Division.
Calgary was supposed to be one of the better teams in the league this season, but they just haven’t been able to put together a big run. The Flames have 23 points but have some work to do in the Pacific Division.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Calgary Flames as the Moneyline betting favorites at -295.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Canadiens vs Flames. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Canadiens Need Stops
The Montreal Canadiens are going to have to get some stops if they are going to turn their season around. Montreal is allowing 3.50 goals per game, and that is despite killing off over 81 percent of their penalties.
The Canadiens are coming into this game averaging 2.8 goals per game on offense, and they just haven’t been able to make up for the lack of defense. Montreal has scored on the power play just 15 percent of the time, which has created some issues.
Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach are doing all they can for their team, but they just need some help as the season progresses. Suzuki leads the team with 12 goals, and Dach has dished out 13 assists.
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Flames Need Offense to Show Up
After a loss earlier in the week, Mikael Backlund simply said, “We’ve got to score more,” when talking about the offense for the Flames. Calgary is scoring just 2.95 goals per game this season, which is not good enough for a team loaded with offensive talent.
Calgary has converted on the power play 20 percent of the time, but they haven’t been able to generate enough offense in five-on-five action. Tyler Toffoli leads the Flames on offense, scoring eight goals this season.
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has kept the Flames afloat this season, going 8-5-2 in net. The Flames will figure it out on offense at some point, and they will be a great team when that happens.
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Canadiens vs Flames Head-to-Head
The Calgary Flames have been the better overall team over the last two seasons, but Montreal has had the upper hand in head-to-head matchups. The Canadiens went 2-0 against the Flames a season ago, and they will try for a similar result this time around.
Canadiens vs Flames Game Information
- Game: Canadiens (11-10-1) vs Flames (10-9-3)
- Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, CANADA
- Day/Time: Thursday, December 1, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Canadiens vs Flames Live stream: NHL.TV
Canadiens vs Flames Betting Lines
Canadiens vs Flames Picks & Prediction
It’s been a struggle to find consistency for both the Canadiens and the Flames, and that could set up a good battle. Montreal is giving up too many goals this season, but Calgary hasn’t been a great offensive team.
This game will feature a ton of physical play, but it’s the Flames that are the better overall team in terms of talent. Playing in Calgary will give the Flames a good boost as well, and they will pull away from the Canadiens late in this game.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and not only take the Flames to win this game on the moneyline (-295) but also take them to cover the puck line at -1½ (-110).
The Calgary Flames are listed at -295 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Flames, you have a chance to win $34. The Montreal Canadiens are +245, offering a chance to win $245 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Calgary Flames a 74.68% chance to win, with Montreal Canadiens at 28.99%.