Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 17, 2021

With Craig Anderson injured, Dustin Tokarski has taken the reins in net for Buffalo, recording a career-high 45 saves in Tuesday's win against Pittsburgh.

Calgary
18-11-6
AT
November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
KeyBank Center
Buffalo
12-20-6-1
Puckline -1.5 +135
Moneyline -185
Over / Under o +5.5

80%

Betting Action

20%

Puckline +1.5 -162
Moneyline +154
Over / Under u +5.5

80%

Betting Action

20%

The Calgary Flames have had mixed success on a long road trip and make their lone visit this season to Buffalo on Thursday night.

Calgary opened as a -170 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.0 goals.

Flames vs. Sabres NHL Betting Odds

Thursday is the fifth game of a seven-game road trip for Calgary and the Flames have gotten at least a point in three of them. The atmosphere they see on Thursday in Buffalo will be nothing like what they will see Saturday as the New York Islanders get set to play their first home game of the season in their new billion-dollar arena.

Buffalo has been the NHL’s worst-run franchise for about a decade as the Sabres haven’t made the post-season since 2011. They are better this year so far and finally got rid of the Jack Eichel headache, not long ago trading their former franchise player to Vegas. The team’s No. 1 goaltender is former Ottawa Senator Craig Anderson, but he’s currently injured and thus not likely to start Thursday.

Calgary hosts Buffalo on March 18. The teams didn’t play last season, while the Flames won both the season before. The favourite is 16-4 in the past 20 meetings. The over is 7-3 in the previous 10.

Calgary Flames

Calgary lost for the sixth time in eight games Tuesday, 2-1 in overtime at Philadelphia. Oliver Kylington’s third goal of the season gave the Flames the 1-0 lead midway through the first period but they lost it at 4:37 of the second. Cam Atkinson won the game at 0:45 of OT. Johnny Gaudreau was clearly fired up playing in plenty of friends and family – he grew up not far away in New Jersey — as he had a career-high 10 shots on goal but didn’t score. Jacob Markstrom allowed two goals on 43 shots to fall to 5-3-4 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. He should be back in there Thursday. Calgary is 8-1-2 against Eastern Conference opponents this year. It is 6-13 in its past 19 playing on one day of rest.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo has followed a five-game losing streak by winning two of three, off a 2-1 upset victory in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. As noted above, No. 1 netminder Craig Anderson is hurt so Dustin Tokarski is the temporary No. 1 and he was terrific Tuesday with a career-high 45 saves (second-most in league this season) to improve to 3-3-2 with a 2.71 GAA and .920 SV. Colin Miller had his second goal of the year and Kyle Okposo his fourth. The Sabres are also without the likes of forwards Victor Olofsson (undisclosed), Alex Tuch (shoulder), Casey Mittelstadt (upper body) and defenceman Henri Jokiharju (lower body) with injuries. Tuch was part of the package back from Vegas in the Jack Eichel trade. Buffalo is 6-14 in its past 20 after a win.

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