Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 17, 2023

After a slow start to the season, Colorado has found a new gear with 13 goals over the last two games as the red hot Avalanche offence looks to keep rolling Wednesday night in Calgary.

Colorado
51-24-4-3
AT
January 18, 2023, 9:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
38-27-12-5
Puckline +1.5 -216
Moneyline +121
Over / Under o +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

Puckline -1.5 +179
Moneyline -146
Over / Under u +6

74%

Betting Action

26%

Off a moderately disappointing road trip, the Calgary Flames open a four-game homestand Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche. Calgary is -135 on the NHL odds.

Avalanche vs. Flames NHL Betting Odds

Wednesday is the second of three regular-season meetings between the teams, with Calgary making its lone visit to Denver on Feb. 25.

The Flames opened their season at home on Oct. 13 by beating Colorado 5-3. After the Avs took a 1-0 lead at 1:39 of the first, the Flames scored the next five spread over all three periods. Dillon Dube had a short-handed goal, and Tyler Toffoli and Elias Lindholm found the net with the man advantage. Calgary had been 0-10-2 in its past 12 openers. Jacob Markstrom had 22 saves in the win, and Pavel Francouz 22 in the loss.

It was the second of a back-to-back for Colorado, which seemed a bit flat off raising the 2022 Stanley Cup banner the night before against Chicago.

“For sure the energy level wasn’t where it needed to be,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said then.

The Avalanche are still 8-3 in the past 11 meetings. The under is 4-1-1 in the past six in Calgary.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado has disappointed at 22-17-3 perhaps with a Stanley Cup hangover but perhaps has flipped a switch with a combined 13 goals scored in back-to-back home wins over Ottawa and Detroit. Nathan MacKinnon, who has missed time this season due to injury, had two goals and two assists last time out vs. the Wings, and reigning Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar had two goals and a helper. It was MacKinnon’s third straight multi-point performance and fifth in eight games since returning from an upper-body injury.

Valeri Nichushkin returned to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 23 off injury and had an assist. Pavel Francouz stopped 26 of the 29 shots as he made his third straight start. He has perhaps supplanted Alexandar Georgiev as the No. 1. Defender Josh Manson hasn’t played since Dec. 1 due to a lower-body injury but is on the trip so in theory might return for this one.

Calgary Flames

Calgary finished a five-game trip at 2-3 following a 2-1 loss in Nashville on Monday. The Preds scored both goals in the first period, while Calgary’s Nikita Zadorov’s seventh goal of the season (already tying his career high) at 18:07 of the second cut the deficit to one, but the Flames couldn’t solve Juuse Saros again despite a 5-on-3 power play in the third. Tyler Toffoli appeared to tie the game, but a review confirmed the puck was kicked in. Jacob Markstrom was a tough-luck loser in allowing two goals on 29 shots to fall to 13-11-5 with a 2.81 GAA and an .894 save percentage.

“It was a pathetic effort by us,” Zadorov said. “First two periods, for sure. We were a step behind. Energy wasn’t there, commitment wasn’t there, we weren’t shooting, we were making bad plays, giving up too many chances. Just all-around, bad effort for us.”

Calgary is 5-2 in its past seven after scoring two goals or fewer in its previous game.

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