Last Updated: 2019-03-21
The Scotiabank Saddledome plays host to an enticing tilt as the Calgary Flames face off against the visiting Ottawa Senators. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The game will get started at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21, and fans at home will be able to watch this East-West matchup live on Sportsnet West.
Ottawa Senators at Calgary Flames Odds
Ottawa (+310) is playing the role of underdog to Calgary (-400), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-125 for the under, +105 for the over).
Calgary is 45-28 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.3 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from the 2017-18 season campaign. Through 73 regular season outings, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just four have pushed. This year, the team is 24-12 SU at home.
The Flames have converted on 20.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.9 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Flames have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over their last five games total, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 24.9 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, David Rittich (27-15-5) has been the primary option in goal for the Flames this year. If head coach Bill Peters decides to give him the night off, however, Calgary could turn to Mike Smith (20-16-16 record, .896 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average).
Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm will each lead the charge for the Flames. Gaudreau (92 points) has tallied 35 goals and 57 assists and has recorded multiple points in 25 different games this year. Lindholm has 27 goals and 50 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 49 games.
In the other locker room, Ottawa is 25-48 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. 38 of its outings have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. The Senators are 9-28 SU as an away team this season.
The Senators have converted on 19.8 percent of their power play chances 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 78.8 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (30.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has 14 wins, 30 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a .903 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average this year.
Mark Stone (28 goals, 34 assists) will lead the attack for the visiting Senators.
Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over
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Three of Ottawa’s last five outings have gone under the total.
Ottawa has managed 25.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Calgary has been attempting 34.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over Ottawa’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
Ottawa skaters registered 24.0 hits per game last season, while the Flames logged 20.0 hits per contest.