Calgary Flames vs. Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jan 07, 2022

The Carolina Hurricanes will be gunning for a fifth straight win when they host the slumping Calgary Flames on Friday.

Calgary
50-21-9-2
AT
January 07, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
54-20-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -156
Moneyline +163
Over / Under o +6

24%

Betting Action

76%

Puckline -1.5 +130
Moneyline -196
Over / Under u +6

24%

Betting Action

76%

The Hurricanes return home well rested after posting an epic 7-4 comeback victory in Columbus on New Year’s Day, and have potted 5.25 goals per game during their current 4-0-0 run. The Flames wrap a five-game road trip in Carolina after being outclassed in a 4-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday, and have surrendered 10 total goals during a two-game slide.

Carolina is a -179 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Flames vs. Hurricanes NHL Betting Odds

The Flames have steadily faded since opening as +148 underdogs, and now sit as a diminished +153 bet. Conversely, the Hurricanes have vaulted to -179 chalk, supported by 85 per cent of betting action. The total has held steady since opening at 6.0, with the OVER emerging as a short -119 bet.

Friday night’s matchup at PNC Arena marks the second and final meeting between these teams this season. The Hurricanes tallied a 2-1 overtime road win on December 9 over a depleted Flames squad that was on the verge of a massive COVID-19 outbreak. That victory extended Carolina’s head-to-head win streak to three games, with the Hurricanes holding Calgary to just three total goals during that stretch.

Indeed, low scoring has typical when these teams meet, with total goals topping 5.0 just once in eight clashes since 2016. Road teams have also posted wins in seven of nine head-to-head meetings. Overall, the Hurricanes have claimed victory in eight of their past nine outings, and scored five goals per game during a four-game home win streak. Conversely, the Flames have scored just three times during their current two-game swoon, and potted two or fewer goals on five occasions during a 2-5-1 run.

Calgary Flames

The Flames have fully recovered from their recent battles with COVID-19, as they get set to play their third game in four nights. However, good health has not helped the club shake off its recent tendency to stumble out of the gate. Calgary has given up the opening goal in six straight outings, a run that started with their recent home loss to Carolina. That has added to the pressure on Jacob Markstrom. The Flames’ netminder has allowed four or more goals in three of his past four outings, including all six goals in Tuesday’s crushing 6-2 loss in Florida. The bright spots for the Flames remain Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau, who have tallied a combined six goals and seven assists over Calgary’s past four outings.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have enjoyed steady performances at both ends of the ice during an 8-1-0 run. The goaltending tandem of Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta has compiled a combined 1.78 goals against average during that stretch. While the team spotted the Blue Jackets a 3-0 first-period lead last Saturday, they have otherwise enjoyed fast starts. The club has scored first in seven of nine contests, with the opening goal coming within the first five minutes on five occasions. Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been playing some of his best hockey of the season during that stretch, and has potted one goal and five assists during a five-game points streak.

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