The Scotiabank Saddledome will be hosting an enticing clash as the Calgary Flames square off against the visiting Florida Panthers. This cross-continent matchup will get going at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, January 11 and it can be watched live on Sportsnet West.
Florida Panthers vs. Calgary Flames Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Calgary (-210), while Florida is a dog showing moneyline odds of +175,, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.
Earning 7.3 units for moneyline bettors, the Flames are 28-17 straight up (SU) overall in the 2018-19 season. That winning percentage, the league’s fifth-strongest so far this season, is a welcomed improvement compared to how the team performed during last year’s regular season (37-45). Through 45 regular season contests, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 13-8 SU at home.
Calgary has converted on 20.9 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 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.0 percent of all penalties.
Calgary, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.8 minutes per game over its last five matchups, in total.
Averaging 25.5 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, David Rittich (17-9-3) has been the top option in goal for the Flames this season. If they, however, decide to give him a breather, Calgary may turn to Mike Smith (13-10-10 record, .886 save percentage, 3.09 goals against average).
The Flames will continue to look for leadership from Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Gaudreau (66 points) has tallied 26 goals and 40 assists and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games this year. Monahan has 23 goals and 31 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 30 games.
On the other bench, Florida is 17-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 42 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. Florida’s 9-14 SU as the away team this season.
Florida has scored on 26.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
Florida’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, 3.4 per game over their last five games total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
James Reimer (.895 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Florida. Reimer is averaging 22.6 saves per game and has nine wins, 16 losses, and five OT losses to his credit.
For the visiting Panthers, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Jonathan Huberdeau (11 goals, 35 assists) and Aleksander Barkov (17 goals, 26 assists).
For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their last five matchups.
Florida has attempted 34.1 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 30.0 in its last 10 games.
Power plays and penalty kills could prove to be critical tonight. The Panthers are 10-13 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 8-19 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total. The Flames are 17-7 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 19-14 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
Two of Florida’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this season.
Calgary has averaged 14.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 9.6 takeaways per game (ranked 3rd).
Florida has allowed 4.3 goals per game (while scoring just 2.5 goals per contest) over its last four games (0-4 SU over that span).
Florida is ranked 10th in the NHL this season with 8.6 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as it’s created 5.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.2 takeaways over its last five.