Flames Slight Favorites for Game 3
The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have served up a veritable scoring feast in the first two games, all the while splitting the games. Now, with the Oilers sporting home-ice advantage, they’ll be keen to jump out in front.
BetUS sportsbook tips the Flames as the slight -120 favorites while the Oilers are priced at Evens. The total is projected to a whopping 7 but with the UNDER favored at -125.
Join us as we preview this riveting contest between these familiar Pacific Division foes. We preview the NHL odds and offer up a final NHL prediction.
Flames Lose Home-ice Advantage
The Calgary Flames lost valuable ground following a 5-3 loss in Game 2, ceding home-ice advantage to the Edmonton Oilers just as the series heads across the province to the oil capital of Canada.
The worst of it, the Flames were up 2-0 in the first six minutes of this game before they let it slip through their fingers.
The Flames went into this Western Conference semi-final series as the firm favorites, priced at -200 in NHL series prices. The Oilers were tipped as the +170 underdogs.
After a commanding 9-6 victory in the series opener, the Flames jumped out to -400 in this futures market. By that same token, the Oilers dropped to +320.
Now, with the Oilers back in contention following Friday’s upset, the prices have dropped on both sides of the coin. The Flames are down to -160 while the Oilers are merely the +140 underdogs.
"I'm not pinning it on anybody. That's not fair at all."
Darryl Sutter reflects on Game 2 and looks ahead to Game 3 in Edmonton. pic.twitter.com/JljLFf4S8J
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 21, 2022
Oilers Bounce Back in Game 2
The Edmonton Oilers delivered the 5-3 upset to come through as the +155 underdogs in betting online markets.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists while Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist. Duncan Keith, Evan Bouchard and Zach Hyman added a goal apiece to help lift the Oilers to the pivotal victory on the road.
Key to the victory was the improved play of Mike Smith, who recovered from a terrible start in Game 1 to make 37 of 40 saves for a .925 save percentage.
The Oilers were on the backfoot once again, though, and needed to rally to the victory. A second-period powerplay goal sent the game into the final period deadlocked 3-3. Hyman scored shorthanded to give the Oilers the go-ahead goal while Draisaitl added another breakaway goal for good measure.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 21, 2022
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Head-to-Head
The Calgary Flames briefly enjoyed the advantage after winning game 1 to improve to a 6-5-0 record over the Edmonton Oilers in their last 11 games. They also nudged ahead with a 3-2 record this season.
Edmonton’s win on Friday set the record straight as the Oilers leveled the H2H to 6-6-0 in their last 12 games and 3-3 on the season. The total has cashed on the OVER in seven of their last 12 meetings..
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Game 3 Information
- Game: Calgary Flames (50-21-11) at Edmonton Oilers (49-27-6
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 22, 2022 8 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Betting Lines
Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction
Although the venue changes on Sunday in this riveting series, the action should still be as absorbing as it was in the first two games that delivered 23 goals.
If this high-scoring trend continues, then one of the first bets to consider is the total. The projected number of goals is 7. In most cases, this would seem high. But this rivals have twice breached that number already, so it’s more likely than not to do so again.
The Oilers have the home-ice advantage and will be buoyed by the victory in game 2, but they go into this game as the notional underdogs at Even odds.
This less than favorable market outlook has a lot to do with Edmonton’s poor starts. The Oilers had to overcome a second-straight poor star after falling into a 0-2 hole in the first six minutes. They can’t keep playing on the backfoot and expect positive results in this series. The Flames are simply too good for that.
Calgary will be keen to bounce back after Friday’s setback. Insofar as the loss was disappointing, it wasn’t entirely surprising. There is little these Alberta rivals don’t know about each other.