Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated May 13, 2021

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With the playoffs officially out of reach, the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks will spend the next 10 days getting to know each other a little better.

Vancouver
23-29-3-1
AT
May 13, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
26-27-2-1
Puckline +1.5 -177
Moneyline +144
Over / Under o +5.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

Puckline -1.5 +148
Moneyline -173
Over / Under u +5.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

The teams tangle Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome in the first of four consecutive meetings for the Flames (the Canucks have a game against Edmonton sandwiched between the first and second tilts with Calgary). Both teams had high hopes going into the season, but will miss the postseason.

Canucks vs. Flames 5/13/21 Betting Analysis

The Flames are the heavy favorites in this one, with the reeling Canucks having lost eight of their past 10 games as they look to put this COVID-riddled season behind them. Calgary owns a 3-2-1 advantage in the head-to-head series so far, but the Canucks took five of a possible eight points the late time they faced off in a four-game set in mid-February. That said, Vancouver has prevailed just five times in its last 18 games played at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The total for Thursday’s encounter is set at 5.5, which seems about right when you consider both teams’ season-long totals trends. The Flames have been a sensational Under play so far in 2020-21, having gone 19-27-6 (though they’re a more average 12-10-4 O/U at home). The Canucks also favour the Under at 21-26-4, but are just 11-12-2 O/U on the road. The Flames have finished below the total in eight of their last 12 games overall.

Vancouver Canucks

While the Canucks’ season is essentially lost, there have been some positives – and one of those is the play of defensive prospect Jack Rathbone. The 21-year-old has a goal and an assist through his first five NHL games and has been one of the team’s best overall players in that span. He has drawn favourable comparisons to blue-line mate Quinn Hughes, who leads the team with 33 assists in just his second NHL season.

Calgary Flames

When the Flames ultimately break down why they missed the postseason, a lack of scoring punch will undoubtedly be at or near the top of the list of reasons. Calgary enters the home stretch still looking for its first 20-goal scorer of the season, with Johnny Gaudreau leading the way with 19. Down years from Gaudreau (42 points in 52 games), Mikael Backlund (28 in 50) and Sean Monahan (28 in 50) have played a major role in the Flames’ disappointing showing.

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