In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the New York Rangers and the Calgary Flames meet at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Sportsnet Flames will showcase this cross-continent matchup, and the opening face-off is at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2.
New York Rangers at Calgary Flames Odds
Calgary (-170) is being tabbed as the heavy favorite over New York (+150), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -105 for the over and -115 on the under.
Producing -6.8 units for moneyline gamblers, the Flames are 20-22 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (50-32). 22 of its 42 matches have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just three have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 10-10 SU at home.
Calgary’s converted on 18.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Calgary has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its past ten matchups. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.2 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total.
Averaging 28.3 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, David Rittich (17-15-5) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Flames this season. If head coach Geoff Ward decides to give him the night off, however, the team could go with Cam Talbot (3-9-9 record, .915 save percentage, 2.73 goals against average).
Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan will each lead the offensive attack for the Flames. Tkachuk (36 points) has tallied 15 goals and 21 assists and has recorded multiple points on nine different occasions this year. Monahan has 13 goals and 20 assists to his name and has notched a point in 23 contests.
In the other locker room, New York is 19-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 20 of its outings have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, New York is 9-10 SU so far.
New York has converted on 18.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
New York’s players have been penalized 4.7 times per game this season, and 6.2 per game over their last five contests. The team has had to kill penalties an unhealthy 15.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Henrik Lundqvist (3.05 goals against average and .911 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for New York. Lundqvist is averaging 29.5 saves per game and has nine wins, 14 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit.
Artemi Panarin (22 goals, 33 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Rangers.
New York Rangers at Calgary Flames Betting Predictions
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
New York is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 3-0 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their last five outings.
Over New York’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 in those games).
New York skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (21.6 per game).