Flames vs. Golden Knights Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Nov 23, 2018

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The Flames offence is clicking at an unbelievable level right now, scoring five goals in the first period of each of their last two games against Vegas and the Winnipeg Jets.

Calgary
50-25-3-4
AT
November 23, 2018, 6:00 PM ET
T-Mobile Arena
Vegas
43-32-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +6

86%

Betting Action

14%

Puckline -1.5 +190
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +6

86%

Betting Action

14%

The Calgary Flames had their way with the Vegas Golden Knights in a 7-2 win this past Monday. The Knights won’t have to wait long for their shot at revenge, with the rematch set to take place just four days later. Vegas will host the streaking Flames on Friday night. The entire NHL took the day off for Thanksgiving Thursday, so it will be interesting to see how these teams respond following the holiday break. Calgary has won three in a row, outscoring its opponents by a combined 17-7 score over that span.

The Knights bounced back from Monday’s loss to the Flames with a 3-2 overtime win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. Despite a lopsided loss earlier in the week, Vegas will actually be a slight favorite when they take the ice for the rematch on Friday night.

Flames vs Golden Knights Betting Analysis

Calgary owns the best record in the Pacific division at 13-8-1. However, the Flames are just 6-5-0 on the road this season both straight up and on the puck line. Calgary has lost two of its last three on the road heading in to this matchup.

The Golden Knights have struggled with consistency this season but they have played some of their best hockey on home ice. Vegas own a 5-3-1 record at the T-Mobile Arena and are 5-4 on the puck line as the home team. This contest will mark only the third home game for the Golden Knights since November 3rd, as they have played seven of their last nine games away from home.

Calgary Flames

Calgary now ranks sixth in the NHL with an average of 3.41 goals per game this season. While Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm have done the bulk of the heavy lifting up front, the Flames have also received some solid secondary scoring from players like Matthew Tkachuk, Mikael Backlund and Sam Bennett of late.

Perhaps even more importantly, Calgary’s goaltending has been solid. David Rittich has emerged as the best option in between the pipes with a 8-1-0 record, a 2.04 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. Considering how much Mike Smith has struggled this year, the Flames will likely continue to ride Rittich. The 26-year-old turned away 20 of the 22 shots he faced in Monday’s win over the Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas has struggled with a schedule that featured plenty of road games throughout the month of November. They will need to capitalize on home ice this weekend because after that they are back on the road for their next three games. The Golden Knights found some offence with Max Pacioretty leading the way with two goals in Wednesday’s win over the Coyotes. Pacioretty has four goals in his last three games. However, Vegas needs more from its top line if they are going to turn their season around. The onus is on William Karlsson, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault to pick up the slack. While they might not produce at the level they did a year ago, they need to be better than they have been so far.

The good news for the Golden Knights is that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been solid in between the pipes. Fleury is 10-8-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average this season. Fleury will be motivated to steal one back for Vegas. They should be motivated, so look for the Golden Knights to bounce back big time on Friday night.

Flames vs. Golden Knights Prediction

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