Looking to win big? The Canadiens and Flames face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Flames are hosting the game at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Flames being the favored by -1.5 goals against the Canadiens.

MONTREAL CANADIENS VS CALGARY FLAMES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Calgary Flames -1.5

This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 16th.

WHY BET THE CALGARY FLAMES:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Canadiens to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+144)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Taking a Look at the Canadiens Chances on the Road

Montreal enters this game as the underdog, sitting in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens come into this game with a record of 25-31-11 and have gone 2-3 in their last five games.

On the road this season, Montreal has gone 12-13-7, and as the underdog, they have gone 20-30-11. In their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone just 3-7 and have lost three straight games as the underdog.

On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 21-11 and an average scoring margin of -0.8 goals per game. Overall, Montreal has a puck line mark of 43-23, and their average scoring differential sits at -0.7 goals per contest.

As the underdog, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 41-19, and they have gone 8-2 against the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three road games, Montreal’s puck line record is 2-1.

This season, Montreal’s games have an average of 6.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.3. The Canadiens come in with an over/under performance of 33-31-2.

Montreal has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 27th in the league. The Montreal offense is ranked 18th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 21st in the NHL.

Montreal’s leading goal scorer is Nick Suzuki. So far this season, he has 26 goals, placing him 33rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Suzuki has 36 assists this season.

Calgary defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Calgary. They also are 25th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Sam Montembeault gets the start and has made 31 starts this season. His record at this point is 13-12, and his save percentage is 0.78%.

Can Calgary Lock in a Home Win?

At home this season, the Flames have gone 17-15-1, and they have been favored in 29 of their 66 games. In the Western Conference, Calgary is 11th and 5th in the Pacific Division. Overall, the Flames have a record of 32-29-5, and they have gone 19-18 against other Western Conference teams.

Over their last ten games, the Flames have gone 6-4, and they have gone 2-3 in their last five games. Over their last three games, Calgary has gone 1-2. For the season, the Flames have been the underdog in 37 games, and they have gone 18-16-3 in those games.

Calgary enters this game with a puck line record of 33-33, and they have gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far this year, the Flames have gone 21-25 against the puck line as the underdog, and they have 21 wins by multiple goals.

At home, Calgary has gone just 15-18 against the puck line, and they have gone 4-6 in their last ten games at home. This season, the Flames have gone 8-21 against the puck line as the favorite, and they have an average scoring margin of -0.2 goals per game.

This season, Calgary’s games have an average of 6.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.1. The Flames come in with an over/under performance of 38-26-2.

Across their last three road contests, Montreal has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.

For their offensive performance, the Flames come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 16th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 15th in the league. This year, the Flames have recorded a 17-15 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 14-14 record.

The leading scorer for Calgary’s offense is Blake Coleman. Coming into the game he has 28 goals, ranking 26th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Coleman has 22 assists this season.

Defensively, the Flames come into the season ranked 18th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Calgary. For the season, they are ranked 25th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Dustin Wolf comes into the game having made six starts this season. So far, his record is 2-3 and he has a save percentage of 0.344%.