Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 16, 2021

The Flames and Canucks are the only two teams in the NHL that haven't finished their regular season. They're about to see a lot of each other as they'll go head-to-head on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to finally put their 2021 seasons to bed.

Calgary
26-27-2-1
AT
May 16, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Arena
Vancouver
23-29-3-1
Puckline -1.5 +173
Moneyline -148
Over / Under o +5.5

69%

Betting Action

31%

Puckline +1.5 -208
Moneyline +123
Over / Under u +5.5

69%

Betting Action

31%

It’s groundhog day again as the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames will meet for the second of four meetings this week, all of which mean absolutely nothing in the standings.  With both teams eliminated from the postseason and the playoffs already underway for the American teams, Calgary and Vancouver likely already have their golf clubs out and their tee-time’s booked.  But hey, let’s not sound too sarcastic because the Canucks still have a chance to not finish dead-last in the North Division if they pick up five of a possible six points this week.  Yikes.

Calgary is a -136 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Flames vs. Canucks Betting Analysis

The Flames’ 4-1 win on Thursday gave them a 4-3 edge in this season series.  It’s been a fairly close series, as six of the seven games have been decided by three goals or less.  The total has gone Under in four games.

Calgary has been successful in Vancouver, winning five of their last six games at Rogers Arena.  The Flames are 25-28 against the spread this year, but they’ve only covered in 12 of 26 road games.  The total has gone Under in five of Calgary’s last six games.

The Canucks have completely fallen apart and dropped nine of their last 12 games.  They haven’t been a great cover option this year, going 24-29 ATS overall, but they have managed to cover in 14 of 26 home games.  The total has gone Under in four of Vancouver’s last five games.

Calgary Flames

Calgary goes for their third straight win tonight after downing the Canucks at home on Thursday.  Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane all found the back of the net, while Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 of 25 shots.  Lindholm’s 45 points (18G, 27A) leads the team, while Johnny Gaudreau has a team-best 19 goals, but it’s been Mangiapane that has been the surprise offensive threat this year.  Mangiapane put up 28 points (14G, 14A) in 53 games this season, which would have projected into career-high’s over a full season.  In 15 more games last season, Mangiapane managed just four more points.

Jacob Markstrom should be in net again for this game.  He’s played the majority of games since David Rittich was dealt at the trade deadline and he’s played well against his former Canucks team this year.  Markstrom is 5-2-0 against Vancouver with a 2.07 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Vancouver Canucks

There’s been no rest for Vancouver down the final stretch of this season and they come into this game off a 4-1 win over Edmonton on Saturday.  Matthew Highmore picked up two goals, while Travis Boyd and Bo Horvat also found the back of the net.  Thatcher Demko stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win and he has been one of the very few bright spots for the Canucks this season.  With this being the second game of a back-to-back though, expect Braden Holtby to get the start tonight.  Holtby has struggled this year, going 7-10-2 with a 3.43 GAA and .897 SV.  His career numbers against Calgary are better however, as he’s gone 7-3-1 with a 2.85 GAA and .905 SV split between Vancouver and the Washington Capitals.

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