Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Feb 14, 2021

Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom put forth an outstanding performance against his old squad Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Canucks came out with a 3-1 win.

February 15, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Puckline -1.5 +184
Moneyline -135
Over / Under o +6


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Puckline +1.5 -222
Moneyline +113
Over / Under u +6


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Markstrom’s 43 saves of 45 shots was about the only positive for the Flames on Saturday, as they dropped their first game to Vancouver in four meetings this season.

Flames vs. Canucks 2/15/21 Betting Analysis

Low-scoring battles have been common between Calgary and Vancouver in 2021, as three of their four games have featured four or fewer goals combined. Markstrom’s started in all four games for Calgary after leaving Vancouver in free agency this past off-season.

Saturday’s win put Vancouver just one point back of Calgary for fifth in the North Division, although the Canucks have played four more games. The NHL odds are giving Calgary the slight edge Monday as they’re currently -130 on the moneyline. The total is set at six, with the under going 3-1 in their season series and 5-1 in Calgary’s last six on the road.

Calgary Flames

With their offence struggling the Flames should be extremely thankful for the signing of Markstrom. Calgary’s scored four goals in just two of their last eight games yet are 5-3 in that stretch. Overall they’re scoring 2.79 goals per game, which is 21st in the NHL.

It’s where Markstrom’s .925 save percentage comes in the clutch. If the number holds up, it’ll be a career-high for the 30-year-old netminder who’s already got two shutouts on the season.

Johnny Gaudreau is still leading the way up front in Calgary with 15 points and 14 games. His 28.6 shooting percentage is the highest among NHL skaters with at least 20 shots on goal and with eight goals in 14 games, Gaudreau has three more goals than any other Flame.

Vancouver Canucks

A 46-19 shots on goal advantage on Saturday made the Canucks’ first win in their last seven appearances well earned. Tyler Myers broke a 1-1 tie with just minutes remaining, while Brandon Sutter and Quinn Hughes also found the back of the net.

At the back-end Thatcher Demko had a calm 18-save night in net, but Demko starting again is of note as Travis Green has elected to go with him in the crease for Vancouver’s last two games. Demko has 10 starts this season in comparison to Braden Holtby’s eight, the latter being brought in as Markstrom’s replacement. Neither has played that well, with Holtby posting an .885 save percentage and 3-5 record with Demko’s slightly better at .899 and 4-6 in his starts.

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