Canadiens vs. Flames Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Nov 14, 2018

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The Flames need more from Mike Smith, who has been very inconsistent. Smith is 5-6-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage.

Montreal
44-30-8
AT
November 15, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
50-25-3-4
Puckline +1.5 -200
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +6

40%

Betting Action

60%

Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -150
Over / Under u +6

40%

Betting Action

60%

The Montreal Canadiens have struggled to keep pucks out of their net regardless of who is between the pipes for them. With the team’s No. 1 goaltender back between the pipes, the Habs will be looking to get back on track as their west coast road trip continues on Thursday. The Canadiens will visit the Calgary Flames in the second of three games in Western Canada. Carey Price has struggled mightily in his last four starts, giving up four goals or more in each of them. Price told reporters after his last start that he knew he had to be a lot better than he has been moving forward. Will Price bounce back with a strong performance against a tough opponent on the road on Thursday night? Or will The Flames continue to roll on home ice? Here is a closer look at the matchup.

Canadiens vs Flames Betting Analysis

Montreal has allowed an average of just under five goals per game over their last six contests. The Canadiens own a 2-4-0 record over that span. A resurgent offence has helped the Habs remain above .500 but they need to start playing better in their own end and getting better goaltending if they are going to contend for a playoff spot this season. Montreal is 3-3-2 on the road this season. The Canadiens are 10-8 on the puckline.

Meanwhile, Calgary is 10-7-1 overall this season but just 9-9 on the puckline. Their PL results haven’t been any better at home where they are 4-2-1 straight up but 3-4 on the puckline. The Flames have won five of their last seven games overall and will have a chance to build on their strong record when the Habs come to town for the first of a five-game home stand.

Montreal Canadiens

There is no denying that Price simply needs to be better. Montreal is off to a strong start thanks in large part to the outstanding numbers their offence has put up this season as they have averaged 3.22 goals per game this season. Max Domi has been outstanding out of the gate with 10 goals and 22 points in 18 games. Meanwhile, Tomas Tatar has been an excellent addition as well with seven goals and 15 points in 18 games. Now all the Canadiens need is for Price to step up and perform at a high level. The veteran netminder is 5-4-3 with a 3.07 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. If Price can improve those numbers, Montreal could surprise as a playoff team this season. Price will have had a full week off between starts so he should be focused and motivated to prove what he can do against Calgary.

Calgary Flames

The Flames have been very inconsistent at both ends of the ice this season. Fortunately, they have been outstanding in certain games that they have won compared to terrible in games they have lost, which is why they have a decent 10-7-1 record so far this season. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk are all tied for the team-lead with 19 points each. Meanwhile, Elias Lindholm, Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund have all pitched in with a combined 44 points. That secondary scoring will be the key to Calgary’s continued success this season. The Flames will also need more from their goaltender as Mike Smith has been very inconsistent. Smith is 5-6-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. David Rittich has stolen starts from Smith with his strong play but it will be the veteran between the pipes when Calgary plays the Habs on Thursday night. If Smith struggles again, the Flames will be in tough. Especially considering Montreal is desperate with a healthy and focused Price back between the pipes for this contest.

Canadiens vs. Flames Prediction

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