Last Updated: 2017-11-09
The Scotiabank Saddledome is playing host an East-West showdown as the Detroit Red Wings pay a visit to Calgary to meet the Flames. Fox Sports Detroit will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9.
Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames Odds
With a -165 moneyline, Calgary comes into the matchup as the obvious favorite. The line for Detroit sits at +145, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 for the under, +105 for the over).
Losing -0.8 units for moneyline bettors, Calgary is 8-7 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 45-37 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 15 regular season outings, seven of its games have gone over the total, while another seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 4-5 SU at home thus far.
The Flames have converted on 17.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.4 percent of all penalties.
The Flames, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 4.5, the second-highest figure in the league. After serving an average of 11.5 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.9 minutes per matchup this year.
Averaging 30.0 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Mike Smith (eight wins, six losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Flames this year. If head coach Glen Gulutzan chooses to give him the night off, however, the team may turn to the winless Eddie Lack (0-2-2 record, .853 save percentage, 4.17 goals against average).
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both lead the charge for the Flames. Gaudreau (19 points) has put up four goals and 15 assists and has recorded multiple points in five different games this year. Monahan has eight goals and six assists to his credit and has notched a point in 10 contests.
On the other bench, Detroit is 8-8 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 16 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. As the visiting team, the Red Wings are 6-5 SU so far.
The Red Wings have converted on 18.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked seventh overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Detroit’s skaters have been penalized 4.4 times per game this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (2.48 goals against average and .927 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Detroit. Howard is averaging 29.8 saves per game and owns a 6-6 record.
For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will run through Dylan Larkin (two goals, 12 assists) and Anthony Mantha (seven goals, six assists).
Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over
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37.5 percent of Calgary’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 overall in such games) while 62.5 percent of Detroit’s wins have come by two goals or more (5-4 overall in such games).
The Flames are 2-5 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Red Wings are 5-3 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
Detroit is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-0 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in three of Calgary’s last five games.
Detroit skaters have averaged 9.8 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 10.1 giveaways per game (ranked 20th in the NHL).