Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 12, 2021

Winnipeg Jets v Calgary Flames

Both the Flames and Jets look to put disappointing playoff results behind them when they open the 2021 shortened regular season against one another Thursday from Winnipeg.

Calgary
2-0-1
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January 14, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
3-1-0
Puckline -1.5 +218
Moneyline -125
Over / Under o +5.5

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Puckline +1.5 -262
Moneyline +105
Over / Under u +5.5

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The game is a pick’em on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Usually, Calgary is in the Pacific Division and Winnipeg the Central, but in this 2021-only realigned campaign they and all Canadian teams reside in the North and will play one another nine times.

Flames vs. Jets Betting Analysis

These clubs met in the Stanley Cup qualifying round in Edmonton back in August and the Flames won in four games. Winnipeg tied the series with a 3-2 victory in Game 2, but all three Calgary victories were by at least three goals.

The Flames would meet the eventual Western Conference champion Dallas Stars in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs and would take a 2-1 series lead, but Dallas won the final three games.

Calgary and Winnipeg were supposed to play three times last regular season but got just one in with the final two coming after the league shutdown. It was a 2-1 Jets win in overtime in the Heritage Classic outdoor game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Bryan Little slid the winning score under Calgary goalie David Rittich at 3:04 of overtime. Little was on a 2-on-1 with Kyle Connor. Joshua Morrissey had tied the game late in the third quarter for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots in the win. Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary and Rittich had 43 saves.

The favourite is 13-5 in the past 18 in this series (if there is a favourite by the puck drop). The under is 6-1 in the past seven meetings.

Calgary Flames

After leading the Western Conference with 107 points in the 2018-19 regular season, the Flames took a huge step back last year in finishing fourth in the Pacific with 79 points in 70 games. They had a minus-five goal differential. Calgary lost a lot of its blueline this offseason with TJ Brodie, Eric Gustafsson and Travis Hamonic all leaving in free agency.

Goalie Cam Talbot left, too, but he served as Rittich’s No. 2. Now, Rittich is the No. 2 with the free-agent addition of former Canucks netminder Jacob Markstrom. He is arguably is the best goaltender the Flames have had since Miikka Kiprusoff retired. The club also gave big money to defenceman Chris Tanev. Forward Derek Ryan, who had 29 points in 68 games last year, was waived this week. The Flames are 18-8 in their past 26 road games.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets battled for the Central Division title in 2018-19, finishing with 99 points – one behind division champion Nashville. Winnipeg was about on the same pace last season, finishing with 80 points in 71 games and a plus-13 goal differential. While the Jets said goodbye to centre Cody Eakin and blueliners Dmitry Kulikov and Anthony Bitetto, all of the key guys are back.

The big addition was a trade for Golden Knights centre Paul Stastny for defenseman Carl Dahlstrom and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2022. Stastny, a 13-year veteran, had 17 goals and 21 assists for the Golden Knights last season and played part of the 2017-18 season with the Jets. This week, the team waived winger Mathieu Perreault. He had 15 points in 49 games last year. Winnipeg is 6-2 in its past eight home games.

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