Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Game 1 Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated May 17, 2022

It’s must-see hockey when rivals Edmonton and Calgary go at it, and that’s exactly what Wednesday is when they meet in the second-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
AT
May 18, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
50-21-9-2
Puckline +1.5 -192
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +6.5

55%

Betting Action

45%

Puckline -1.5 +160
Moneyline -162
Over / Under u +6.5

55%

Betting Action

45%

It’s the first battle of Alberta in the post-season since 1991, a series Edmonton won in seven games. And this highly-anticipated series is full of superstars on both sides.

Each club needed seven games this past round, with both winning in dramatic fashion. The Oilers advanced first, defeating Los Angeles 2-0 behind a classic Connor McDavid sealing goal. Then Johnny Gaudreau was the hero Sunday in Calgary, burying the Flames’ 67th shot on net for the Game 7 overtime-winner.

Game 1 goes Wednesday in Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome, with puck drop at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The Flames are -158 on the moneyline with the over-under at six on the NHL odds.

Oilers vs. Flames NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

The Oilers and Flames met four times during the regular season and each team went 2-2. Their last meeting was a candidate for the NHL’s game of the year — a 9-5 Flames victory back on March 26. Both clubs ranked in the top seven this season in scoring, but playoff hockey can be a different animal.

Case in point is Calgary’s first-round series. During the regular season the Flames averaged 3.55 goals per game but went on to bury 15 goals in seven games versus the Stars. And three games in Edmonton’s first-round series featured shutouts, two going to Oilers goalie Mike Smith.

The under finished 5-2 in Calgary’s first-round series, and 4-3 in Edmonton’s. The Oilers went 2-1 on the road against Los Angeles and Calgary was dominant on home ice going 3-1 last round.

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid was the star of the first-round, leading all post-season skaters with 14 points while averaging nearly 22 minutes of ice time. McDavid currently has the fifth-best odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +1629. Evander Kane had a fantastic series, providing more than secondary scoring with a team-high seven goals to rank second in the NHL.

A big storyline is the health of Leon Draisaitl, who suffered a reported high-ankle sprain in Game 6. Draisaitl suited up in Game 7 but was visibly not himself. Another X-factor is Smith in net. Last series, Smith stopped 244 pucks and posted a .938 save percentage. Anything less against Calgary may not cut it.

Calgary Flames

Calgary’s top line led the way last round versus Dallas, with Gaudreau at the forefront. Along with his series-winning goal, Gaudreau led Calgary with eight points against Dallas. Matthew Tkachuk had six points and scored his first and only post-season goal in Game 7. The Flames averaged 41 shots a game last round with five skaters posting over 20 shots in the series.

Jacob Markstrom was less busy, but still stellar in net versus the Stars. He’s third in the Conn Smythe odds at +1332 thanks to a .943 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average. Markstrom also got his first Vezina Trophy finalist nomination last week after a 37-win season to go with a .922 save percentage.

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