Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens Matchup Preview 12/7/17

Last Updated: 2017-12-07

Two teams that split their season series (one game apiece) a year ago, the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens collide at Bell Centre in a cross-country showdown. The matchup will get going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and you can catch the game live on Reseau Des Sports.

Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds

Calgary is 14-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 28 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Flames are 7-6 SU as a road team in 2017-18.

Calgary has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off only 76.3 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Flames have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over its past five outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.0 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Mike Smith (13-12-2) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary this year. Smith played last night, however, so the team may decide to rest him and instead go with Eddie Lack (1-3 record, .813 save percentage, 5.29 goals against average).

The visiting Flames have relied on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan this season. Gaudreau has 36 points on 12 goals and 24 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 12 different games. Monahan has 15 goals and 13 assists to his credit, and has registered at least one point in 17 games.

Montreal is 13-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 14 of its contests have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 8-8 SU as the home team this year.

The Canadiens have converted on just 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Montreal players have been sent to the penalty box 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Carey Price has stopped 26.7 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Canadiens. Price has eight wins, nine losses, and one overtime loss to his credit and has registered a mediocre 3.00 goals against average and a poor .903 save percentage this year.

Brendan Gallagher (13 goals, six assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Habs.

Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Trends

Six of Montreal’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 4-2 overall in those games.

Calgary has allowed 3.2 goals per game as a team this year, but is giving up 4.7 goals per contest over its three-game losing skid.

The Flames are 4-9 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Canadiens are 4-6 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.

Calgary is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Montreal is 1-1 in shootouts.

The over has hit in three of Montreal’s last five outings.

Montreal is ranked 30th this season with 14.3 giveaways per game. That figure has trended higher recently, as it’s averaged 16.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 18.6 giveaways over its last five.

Calgary has averaged 6.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 16th in the NHL).

The Habs this season have recorded the second-most hits in the NHL (24.8 per game), but the club has averaged 27.6 over their last five home games.

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