Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Canucks vs Flames NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(21-27-3) Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (23-26-3)
Date: Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Time: 9:00pm ET
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Van +155 / Cal -175
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Flames -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks have struggled this season after loosing a lot of players to free agency last year and with injuries but their biggest issue this year was their lengthy break when nearly the whole team got Covid-19 and had about 2 week break. To be fair they probably weren’t going to playoffs even if the break hadn’t happened but it certainly didn’t help the situation.
A big reason why the Vancouver Canucks have struggled this season is their ability to score they only average 2.59 goals per game this season which is 26th in the NHL they don’t do much in the offensive end well, 24th in shooting percentage, 25th in Power Play percentage and 20th in shots on goal. They will need a offensive surge if they want to close out what has been a disappointing season.
The Canucks will likely start Thatcher Demko between the pipes. He is young and deserves these late in the year starts he is 14-17-1 on the season with a decent 2.89GAA and .914 save percentage also grabbing a shut out this season.
The defensive side of Vancouver really hasn’t been much better they give the 29th most shots on net per game and give up an average of 3.29 goals per game which is no where near where it needs to be to be a contending team. Hopefully for the Canucks, they can use the momentum from their 5-1 win over the Devils in their last game.
The Flames have also had a pretty disappointing season, they made a lot of additions in the offseason and they haven’t really panned out. They are coming off of a nice win 6-1 vs Ottawa and will be looking to still gain some confidence even though they also wont be going to the playoffs. Flames are another team who struggle to score averaging only 2.63 goals per game.
Calgary is 5-5 in the last 10 games which is better than Vancouver (2-8). The Flames are also 4-2 vs Vancouver this season. I am expecting Jacob Markstrom to be in the Calgary net who has had a decent season 19-19-2 with a 2.66 GAA.
The Flames have been much better at the defensive end compared to the offensive end, they give up the 8th least amount of shots per game, good penalty kill and they don’t take many penalties,
Hopefully for Calgary they can shake off that last game, and continue on performing as they have this past month.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Canucks are 3-7 in their last 10 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
- Canucks are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest
- Canucks are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Calgary.
- Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
- Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.
Free Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames NHL Prediction:
With the Flames coming off a win and the Canucks coming off a loss, and the flames playing much better than Vancouver recently the play has to be back the Flames at Home. Flames are also a much better team at home than the Canucks are on the road. I believe the flames can win this game by two goals, Vancouver is going to struggle to score against the stingy Flames D.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Calgary Flames Puckline -1.5 (+135)
The Flames have been a far more consistent team as of late, and they will have momentum than the Canucks, Because of this, I’m taking the Calgary Flames to beat up on the Vancouver Canucks!
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