A couple of teams currently on three-game losing skids, the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks clash at Rogers Arena. The first puck will drop at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, and you can catch this Pacific Division matchup live on CBC Sports.
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks Odds
Earning 5.7 units for moneyline bettors, Vancouver is 30-25 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, ranked first in the Pacific Division so far in the early season, is a refreshing turnaround from how the team performed during the 2018-19 season (35-47). Through 55 regular season matches, 28 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just three have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 17-8 SU at home.
The Canucks have connected on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all penalties.
The Canucks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over their last five matchups total, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 12.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
With a .916 save percentage and 29.8 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (20-18-3) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for Vancouver this season. If head coach Travis Green chooses to give him a breather, however, Vancouver might go with Thatcher Demko (10-8-8 record, .909 save percentage, 2.92 goals against average).
Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller will both be focal points for the Canucks. Pettersson (55 points) is up to 23 goals and 32 assists and has recorded multiple points 15 times this year. Miller has 21 goals and 33 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 35 games.
In the other locker room, Calgary is 27-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 28 of its matches have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Flames are 14-14 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Flames have converted on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 16th overall and it’s successfully defended 81.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Calgary’s skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 5.0 per game over their past five games. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays an unhealthy 18.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
David Rittich (.909 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Rittich is averaging 28.2 saves per game and owns a 20-19-5 record.
Matthew Tkachuk (17 goals, 26 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Flames.
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
Calgary is 6-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 3-2 in shootouts.
Vancouver has averaged 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 1.7 goals per contest over its three-game losing skid.
Four of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 0-4 in those games.
Calgary skaters created 16.3 hits per game last season, while the Canucks forced 21.9 hits per matchup.