Calgary Flames vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jan 02, 2022

Marc-Andre Fleury, Blackhawks, 2021

The Blackhawks aim to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak when they return home on Sunday night to face the Flames.

Calgary
50-21-9-2
AT
January 02, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
28-42-10-2
Puckline -1.5 +118
Moneyline -227
Over / Under o +5.5

90%

Betting Action

10%

Puckline +1.5 -142
Moneyline +188
Over / Under u +5.5

90%

Betting Action

10%

The Blackhawks are coming off a demoralizing 6-1 loss in Nashville on Saturday. The Flames travel to the Windy City after opening their current five-game road trip with a 6-4 win in Seattle on Thursday night.

The Flames have made speedy gains since opening as -173 favourites, and currently sit as improved -187 chalk. The total remains unchanged since opening at 5.5, however the OVER has attracted the vast majority of wagers in early game day betting.

Flames vs. Blackhawks NHL Betting Odds

Sunday night’s matchup at United Center marks the second and final scheduled meeting this season between these Western Conference rivals. The Flames tallied a decisive 5-2 victory over Chicago at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 23, and has now earned the win in eight of the past 10 clashes between these clubs. High scoring has been commonplace when these two teams meet, with total goals reaching 7.0 or higher in seven of their past 10. That has extended a steady run for the OVER in totals betting, which has gone 8-3-1 over their past 12 clashes.

The Flames’ recent dominance extends to recent trips to Chicago, where they have won four straight while limiting the Blackhawks to just two goals per game. However, it is important to note that each of those wins have come by just a single goal.

Calgary Flames

Calgary needed to overcome a slow start, and a pair of early one-goal deficits, before taking control in what ended as a decisive 6-4 victory in Seattle. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk showed no ill effects from the team’s lengthy 19-day break. The duo combined to record three goals and three assists in Thursday’s victory.

That marks a dramatic turnaround after the Flames snipers struggled to muster just two total goals and four helpers during the club’s recent four-game losing streak. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom earned the win in Seattle, but has work to do to recover his dominating early-season form. Markstrom has surrendered eight total goals over his past two starts, and has also given up seven total goals while taking the loss in each of his past two trips to Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks

Goaltending woes are an even bigger concern in Chicago. Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Kevin Lankinen have been sidelined by COVID-19, which left netminding duties in the hands of third-stringer Colin Delia in Saturday’s date in Nashville. Delia proved to be far from up to the task, allowing three goals on just seven shots before getting the hook in favour of youngster Arvid Soderblom, who stopped just 15 of the 18 shots he faced in his NHL debut.

Reports have hinted that Fleury could be available for Sunday night’s contest, pending a favourable COVID test. Fleury has regularly bailed out his teammates this season, and backstopped the team to at least a point in five of his past six appearances. However, Blackhawks shooters must find a way to generate more offence after averaging just 2.37 goals over their past eight home dates.

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