Last Updated: 2017-12-06
Air Canada Centre will be the site for a cross-country clash as the Calgary Flames pay a visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s the final time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The match will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, and it is being shown live on Sportsnet.
Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs Odds
Calgary (+130) is playing the role of underdog to Toronto (-150), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 to bet the over, +100 for the under). After they originally opened at -125 over and +105 under, those O/U odds have shifted.
Toronto is 17-11 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Atlantic Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 28 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 8-5 SU at home this season.
The Maple Leafs have been able to convert on 22.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Maple Leafs have been penalized just 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties for just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 31.1 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Frederik Andersen (15 wins, nine losses, and one OT loss) has been the best goalkeeper for the Leafs this season. If the Leafs choose to give him the night off, however, head coach Mike Babcock could roll with Curtis McElhinney (2-2-2 record, .900 save percentage, 3.07 goals against average).
The Leafs will continue to look for offensive production out of Auston Matthews and Nazem Kadri. Matthews (26 points) has tallied 13 goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points on eight different occasions this year. Kadri has 13 goals and 10 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 18 contests.
Over on the other bench, Calgary is 14-13 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 27 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Flames are 7-5 SU as an away team this season.
The Flames have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully defended 75.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Calgary’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, and 2.6 per game over their past five contests. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Mike Smith (29.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Calgary. Smith has 13 wins, 11 losses, and one overtime loss to his credit, while registering a .916 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Flames, the offense will run through Johnny Gaudreau, who’s got 24 assists and 12 goals on the year.
Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Maple Leafs, O/U – Over
Calgary is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Toronto is 1-1 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in three of Toronto’s last five outings.
Over Calgary’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).