Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Oct 16, 2021

The “Battle of Alberta” gets rekindled on Saturday, as the Calgary Flames open their regular season schedule with a road date against the Edmonton Oilers.

Calgary
15-5-5
AT
October 16, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
16-8-0
Puckline +1.5 -172
Moneyline +146
Over / Under o +6

16%

Betting Action

84%

Puckline -1.5 +143
Moneyline -175
Over / Under u +6

16%

Betting Action

84%

The Flames return to action looking to flip the script on a disappointing 2021 NHL campaign that finished with a distant fifth-place finish in the North Division standings. The Oilers come into this game after escaping with a 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver in their home opener on Wednesday

The Oilers are set to hit the ice at Rogers Place on Saturday night perched as -148 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with the total pegged at a lofty 6.5.

Flames vs. Oilers NHL Odds

The Oilers are enjoying impressive support from sports bettors entering Saturday’s contest, with 83 per cent of early action placed on Edmonton. However, that has not translated into significant line movement, with the Flames improving slightly to a +123 wager since opening at +125. The total has also held firm at 6.5, although almost two-thirds of bets have been laid on the UNDER.

These two teams had plenty of opportunity to get to know each other in 10 regular season matchups last season. The Oilers earned a win in six of those contests, including victories in four of five meetings on home ice. As the season progressed, low scoring emerged as a theme, with the two teams scoring five or fewer total goals in each of their past four dates, generating a 4-0 run for the UNDER. Despite that trend, four of their past five meetings have been decided by multi-goal margins, including three of the Oilers’ four recent wins.

Calgary Flames

The Flames open their 2021-2022 regular season schedule under intense pressure after last season’s disappointing results. A lack of consistency emerged as a problem early on in the campaign, and eventually cost Geoff Ward his job as head coach. With Darryl Sutter returning behind the bench, the club showed improvement down the stretch, going 10-6-0 in their final 16 outings. But, it all proved to be far too little, too late, to salvage Calgary’s playoff hopes.

The Flames return to action with last season’s lineup largely intact. The club will miss the leadership of former captain Mark Giordano, who has left town for Seattle. The Flames will also be without new addition, Blake Coleman, to start the season. However, goaltender Jacob Markstrom is set to build on his recent steady performances against the Oilers, allowing just three total goals over his past three starts.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers have work to do to pick up their game despite earning the win in this week’s home opener. Edmonton squandered an early 2-0 lead over the Canucks, and they were outshot by a wide 16-9 margin in the third period and overtime before sealing the win in a shootout. The good news for Edmonton was the play of Mike Smith, who turned aside 36 of 38 shots in that contest. Smith is expected to get the start in net on Saturday. The former Flames goaltender has also been steady in recent home dates against his former teammates, going 3-1-0 in his past four, while surrendering just eight total goals.

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