Calgary Flames vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 24, 2021

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Auston Matthews will be looking for a bounce-back game on Wednesday after going pointless for the first time in 17 games on Monday.

Calgary
19-22-2-1
AT
February 24, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
28-12-4
Puckline +1.5 -188
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6

22%

Betting Action

78%

Puckline -1.5 +157
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +6

22%

Betting Action

78%

The Flames and Leafs finish their two-game set in Toronto on Wednesday after Calgary shutout the high powered Leafs offence 3-0 on Monday.

Toronto is a -155 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5.

Flames vs. Maple Leafs Betting Analysis

Calgary hasn’t exactly been lighting up the scoresheet anywhere, but their struggles on the road are even worse.  The Flames have missed the Over in five of their last seven road games and five straight games in Toronto.  Calgary is 8-11 against the spread this season.  The Flames have covered in three of 11 road games.

Despite having the NHL’s leading goal scorer, the Leafs have actually been an Under team in six of their last nine games overall.  Toronto is 8-12 ATS.  The Leafs have covered in half of their 12 home games this season.

Calgary Flames

The Flames snapped a three game losing streak and picked up a much needed win on Monday.  Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett were the goal scorers, while David Rittich had a 34-save shutout for his first win of the year.  Rittich got the start after Calgary announced just before game time that Jacob Markstrom would be out with an upper-body injury.  Markstrom is listed as questionable for Wednesday.  Rittich was just the third Flames goalie to post a shutout in Toronto and the first to do it since 1977 when the team was based out of Atlanta.  Tkachuk’s goal was the 100th of his career and ended a nine-game drought.  Johnny Gaudreau picked up an assist in the win and now leads the team in both goals (nine) and points (18).

Toronto Maple Leafs

You can’t score every game and although Auston Matthews seemed to be trying to prove that wrong this season, he was held pointless for the first time in 17 games on Monday.  Entering the game Matthews had two straight four-point efforts.  Matthews scored 28 points during his point streak and he leads the league with 18 goals.  The most glaring issue for Toronto against the Flames on Monday was a suddenly cold power play.  The Leafs are tied for the best power play percentage in the league (33.3 per cent), but they couldn’t capitalize on seven chances against Calgary.

Michael Hutchinson was the surprise starter on Monday after it was announced less than an hour before the game that Frederik Andersen would be out with a lower-body injury.  It doesn’t look like a serious injury for Andersen and he is listed as day-to-day.  Hutchinson made 29 saves in just his second start of the season.  With Jack Campbell still out indefinitely with a leg injury, Hutchinson is showing he can be a reliable veteran presence to provide Andersen rest when he needs it.

The Leafs were also without Joe Thornton and Zach Hyman, who each had undisclosed injuries.  Both players are listed as questionable for Wednesday.  Defenceman Jake Muzzin is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his face suffered on Saturday in Toronto’s 5-3 win over Montreal.

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