Flames vs. Canadiens Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 23, 2018

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has enjoyed lots of offensive support early this season.

Calgary
50-25-3-4
AT
October 23, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
44-30-8
Puckline -1.5 +230
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +5.5

48%

Betting Action

52%

Puckline +1.5 -285
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +5.5

48%

Betting Action

52%

It has been nearly 30 years since two Canadian teams faced off for the Stanley Cup championship – and the two teams involved in that epic series likely won’t be making the return trip this season as the Calgary Flames visit the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Both teams face long odds to even make the post-season, but are off to great starts through the first three weeks of the new NHL year as they face off in the first of two meetings this season.

Flames vs Canadiens Betting Analysis

This one is a virtual toss-up, with the visiting Flames installed as minuscule -115 favourites at the open. The Canadiens are off to a blistering start, having earned points in six of their first seven games and are an incredible 3-0-1 SU in four games as the underdog. Calgary has been decent in its own right, reeling off five wins in eight games while going a modest 2-2-0 SU as a ‘dog. Working in the Flames’ favour: the road team has won six of the previous eight meetings.

In a time when 6 is usually the magic number, this game comes in with a total of 5.5. The Flames bring conflicting totals trends into Tuesday’s matchup at the Bell Centre, having cashed the under in five of their previous seven road games while going 5-2 O/U in their previous seven games vs. Atlantic Division foes. Montreal is 4-1 O/U in its past five vs. the Pacific Division, but these teams are just 1-3-1 O/U in their last five encounters.

Calgary Flames

A lack of offence was largely the Flames’ undoing last season, as they finished 27th out of 31 teams in goals per game (2.63) and didn’t get the goaltending to overcome those struggles. But that hasn’t been a problem at all so far this season, with Calgary having scored the fifth-most goals per game in the league to date (3.75). But good times have been fleeting for Calgary, which is just 2-5 SU in its previous seven games following a victory.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens would love nothing more than to reverse a trend that has seen them win just two of their past eight games against the Western Conference – and that starts with continued solid goaltending from Carey Price. The former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner is off to a decent start, boasting a 2.57 GAA and a .904 save percentage through five games. The offence has provided plenty of support, with a dozen players scoring at least once.

Flames vs. Canadiens Prediction

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