Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 22, 2021

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Ovechkin has 734 goals, so he’d have to stay healthy and average around 33 goals per season over five years to break Wayne Gretzky's all-time record of 894.

Calgary
20-12-6
AT
October 23, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
23-12-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -170
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6

15%

Betting Action

85%

Puckline -1.5 +142
Moneyline -162
Over / Under u +6

15%

Betting Action

85%

It’s a matinee for the Calgary Flames on Saturday as they make their only visit of the season to the Washington Capitals and future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin. The Caps opened around -150 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5 goals.

Flames vs. Capitals NHL Bettin Odds

Washington clearly has a bit of an edge in Saturday’s game with the 1 p.m. ET puck drop as the time will surely mess with the Flames’ body clocks a bit. Because of the unusual divisional realignment last season, the teams didn’t play. The Capitals visit Calgary on March 8.

Future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin is still going strong at age 36 and the Russian signed a five-year extension this off-season. Almost impossibly, the Great 8 has a shot at breaking Wayne Gretzky’s NHL goal-scoring record. The Great One has 894 and Ovechkin has 734, so he’d have to stay healthy and average around 33 goals per season over those five years to break it.

Ovechkin has been incredibly durable in his career. He should pass No. 4 Brett Hull (741 goals) before Christmas and may catch No. 3 Jaromir Jagr (766) late this season. In 19 career games against the Flames, Ovechkin has 11 goals and 14 assists.

The underdog is 4-1 in the past five meetings.

Calgary Flames

Calgary comes off its first win, 3-0 in Detroit on Thursday. Jacob Markstrom had not been sharp in the first two games, allowing seven goals with a save percentage of .881, but stopped all 33 Red Wings shots to be named the No. 1 star. It was his ninth career shutout. Elias Lindholm (third of season, third straight game with one), Andrew Mangiapane (second) and Matthew Tkachuk (first) had the goals. Erik Gudbranson and Johnny Gaudreau each had two assists. Tyler Pitlick made his Flames debut off injury and played 11:38. The Flames activated Brad Richardson from injured reserve earlier Thursday, but he didn’t play. They are 5-16 in their past 21 playing on one day of rest.

Washington Capitals

Washington’s lone loss thus far was in OT against two-time Cup champion Tampa Bay. The Capitals rolled 4-1 at New Jersey on Thursday. Alex Ovechkin wasn’t able to score a goal but had two assists. Anthony Mantha (second of season), Dimitry Orlov (first), Daniel Sprong (first) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (third) had the goals. Ovechkin and Kuznetsov are among the NHL points leaders with eight each. Vitek Vanecek improved to 2-0-1 with a 1.30 GAA and .946 SV with the win. He has carried a clean sheet into the third period in two of his three starts. Washington has allowed only two goals at 5-on-5 thus far while scoring nine. All-Star centre Nicklas Backstrom remains on long-term injured reserve. The Caps are 21-10 in their past 31 after a win.

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