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Flames vs Canucks Game Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Calgary Bids for Franchise Record at Vancouver

Calgary Seeking 11th Straight Win

The Calgary Flames are in the midst of franchise history if they can beat the Vancouver Canucks. Calgary has won 10 straight games, which tied a franchise record. The NHL betting lines are favoring them to be the first Flames team to win 11 straight unless the Canucks can spoiler.

Flames vs Canucks Game Information

  • Game: Calgary Flames (30-13-6) at Vancouver Canucks (24-22-6)
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
  • Day/Time: Saturday, 10:05 p.m. ET
  • Television: Rogers Sportsnet

Flames vs Canucks Game Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions
Flames vs Canucks Game Preview, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Flawless Flames Peaking too Early?

What is in the anatomy of the Calgary Flames’ winning streak? One of the most dominant stretches of hockey from the modern era. Calgary is outscoring teams by nearly three-to-one, putting up 4.2 goals per game while giving up just 1.5. The Flames are also outshooting teams by 36-26 and they have allowed just one power-play goal in 25 attempts.

What’s more impressive are the teams Calgary that has not only beaten but destroyed. Among the wins are 6-0 against Vegas, 5-2 versus Toronto, and 6-2 against Anaheim. Calgary has gone 7-3 on the puckline in this span and is now up to +6.2 units on the moneyline.

Get your bets online on the Flames now while they are this hot. Conventional wisdom indicates that either the scoring or goaltending will get cold at some point. But Calgary also acquired Tyler Toffoli to add more scoring depth and half of its blue line are on one-year “prove it” deals while Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk are in contract seasons. This team will not run out of motivation.

Canucks in Playoff Mode

The Vancouver Canucks played the Calgary Flames tough in their first and only meeting of the season. Gaudreau scored in overtime to beat the Canucks, which was also the start of the Flames’ winning streak. Vancouver was outplayed for the most part but got some clutch goaltending from Thatcher Demko.

The netminder is the reason the Canucks let Jacob Markstrom walk in the first place. When he’s getting run support, Demko and the Canucks are tough to beat. Vancouver is 20-3-0 when scoring at least three goals.

Demko is having a Vezina Trophy-worthy season, though there is a case to be made that he’s also worthy of the Hart Trophy. His 90.2 save percentage on scoring chances is higher than that of Andrei Vasilevskiy’s and Juuse Saros. But since Bruce Boudreau took over, Vancouver had the eighth-best point percentage in the league. This is a playoff team.

Flames vs Canucks Head-to-Head

In their last 10 meetings, the Calgary Flames are 7-3-0 against the Vancouver Canucks, although three of these wins came in overtime or a shootout. Calgary is 5-2 on the moneyline in its last seven trips to Vancouver.

Flames vs Canucks Prediction

The Vancouver Canucks will spoil it for the Calgary Flames. This is a matchup that favors Calgary on 5v5, but the Canucks have the offense and the goaltending to offset the mismatch. Demko can outshine Markstrom as both goalies will continue to try to outdo each other.

Since Boudreautook over for Vancouver, the Canucks are allowing the fewest goals in the NHL. Yes, even fewer than Calgary. The Canucks may still be giving up over 30 shots a game, but they have minimized their opponents’ scoring chances and are more adaptable on offense. Take the Canucks on the online sportsbook for the upset.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks +140

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