The 2022 Stanley Cup betting action goes on with another Battle of Alberta, as Calgary hosts Edmonton for Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series, so we bring you the best Oilers vs. Flames betting pick and odds.
The Oilers open as +130 moneyline dogs to win Thursday night’s clash at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are -150 favorites, while the totals sit at 6.5 goals on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Oilers destroyed the Flames in Edmonton
The Edmonton Oilers are one win away from the conference finals following a 5-3 victory in Game 4 this past Tuesday. They went 2-for-4 with the man advantage and needed just 26 shots to outscore the Flames 5-3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane scored a couple of goals apiece, while Mike Smith yielded three goals on 32 shots (.906 SV%).
Since a shocking 9-6 defeat in Game 1, the Oilers have outscored Calgary 14-7. Back in Game 3 at home, the Oilers took 41 shots toward Jacob Markstrom and won 4-1, tallying all four goals in the second period. Evander Kane scored a hat trick; Leon Draisaitl had four assists, while Connor McDavid added three dishes.
Kane has been unstoppable so far this postseason, scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances. McDavid and Draisaitl have combined for 13 goals and 34 assists, while Zach Hyman has seven goals on his playoff tally. Mike Smith has done a good job, too, going 7-3 with a 2.60 GAA and .931 save percentage in 11 apps.
The Flames are in shambles
The Calgary Flames need to improve all-around if they want to avoid elimination in five games. They opened on a high note with that 9-6 victory at home, but the Flames haven’t been the same team since then.
Calgary blew a 3-1 lead in Game 2 at Scotiabank Saddledome, allowing four unanswered goals. The Flames looked lost in the second period of Game 3, while Jacob Markstrom was pulled after yielding four goals on 34 shots (.882 SV%).
Markstrom turned aside only 21 of 25 shots in Game 4 (.840 SV%). The Flames desperately need more from the 32-year-old netminder, who was 37-15-9 with a strong 2.22 GAA and .922 save percentage in the regular season. Winger Johnny Gaudreau has to step up on the offensive end, as he’s yet to score a goal in this series.
- 5-1 in the last six games overall
- 8-4 in the last 12 games on the road
- 3-6 in the last nine games against Edmonton
Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Pick
The Oilers’ offense looks unstoppable, scoring almost at will when Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Evander Kane are on the ice. On the other side, the Flames’ best players have been quiet over the previous three games, so I’m backing Edmonton to finish the job.
If the Flames want to force game six on the road, they’ll have to be more consistent and find a way to deal with the Oilers’ offense for all 60 minutes. But if Jacob Markstrom continues to struggle, the Flames’ chances are thin.
Pick: Take Edmonton Oilers at +130
Three of the previous four games have produced eight or more goals in the total, and I’m riding this betting trend in Game 5. The Oilers are not a great defensive team, but their offense should torture the Flames once more.
The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between Edmonton and Calgary, and it is 8-3 in their previous 11 dates at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Pick: Go over 6.5 goals at -115