Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Dec 01, 2022

The Calgary Flames will be looking to tally a fourth straight win on home ice when they host the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday NHL action.

Montreal
20-26-4
AT
December 01, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
24-17-6-3
Puckline +1.5 -110
Moneyline +241
Over / Under o +6

25%

Betting Action

75%

Puckline -1.5 -110
Moneyline -291
Over / Under u +6

25%

Betting Action

75%

The Flames snapped a three-game slide with Tuesday’s 6-2 rout of the visiting Florida Panthers, and have now averaged five goals per game during their current three-game home surge. The Canadiens kick off a four-game western swing after dropping a 4-0 decision to the visiting San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, but limited opponents to just three total goals during a preceding two-game win streak, with both those victories coming on the road.

The Canadiens have faded to +244 underdogs after opening at +239 on the NHL odds, while the Flames have surged to -296 favourites, backed by 82 per cent of sports bettors. The total is unchanged since opening at 6.0, with -120 odds favouring the OVER.

Canadiens vs. Flames NHL Betting Odds

Thursday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Saddledome marks the first of two regular season meetings between these clubs. The Canadiens swept two games with Calgary last season, and have now won three straight head-to-head, with two of those victories coming by a single goal. Montreal’s current surge comes after losing six of eight to the Flames during the abbreviated 2021 NHL campaign.

The total has topped 6.0 just twice during a 4-1-0 run for the OVER that comes on the heels of a five-game run for the UNDER in which these teams combined to score an average total of just 3.40 goals per game.

Montreal Canadiens

While the Canadiens return to the road with wins in three of their past five overall contests, they have struggled to generate offensive production over their past three contests, scoring just six total goals. The club failed to find the mark on Tuesday despite outshooting the Sharks by a 28-24 margin.

Slow starts have also become increasingly common with Montreal shooters scoring just four total first-period goals over the past six games, while surrendering eight opening-frame markers over that stretch. The loss of winger Mike Hoffman to a lower body injury has not helped matters. Hoffman has been sidelined for four games, and did not make the trip out west due to his injury, which put the brakes on a steady six-game stretch in which Hoffman potted four goals and added two assists.

The expected starter in Thursday’s contest, goaltender Jake Allen, has also struggled. Allen stopped just 20 of 23 shots he faced against the Sharks and closed out November with a 3-5-0 record in eight starts, with a 4.10 goals against average and .876 save percentage.

Calgary Flames

The Flames spoiled Matthew Tkachuk’s highly anticipated return to Calgary on Tuesday night, as they rediscovered their offensive touch in a decisive 6-2 victory. The win is much welcomed after the club closed out a five-game road trip by scoring just three total goals in three straight defeats. That performance extends what has been a streaky stretch for the Flames, who potted four goals per game during a preceding 4-1-0 run.

Jonathan Huberdeau led the attack against his former teammates in Tuesday’s win, scoring once and adding an assist. While Huberdeau has yet to find the form that powered him to a 115-point campaign and made him a Hart Trophy candidate a year ago, he has started to pick up the pace of late, recording three points over the past two games, and seven over his past nine appearances.

Jacob Markstrom is expected to be in the Flames crease on Thursday. And like Allen, the Swedish veteran has work to do to regain his form. Markstrom stopped just 22 of 25 shots faced last time out in last Friday’s 3-0 loss in Washington, and compiled a shaky .881 save percentage, surrendering at least four goals four times while going 4-4-0 in eight November starts. He has also allowed 14 total goals over his past four home starts.

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