Penguins vs. Flames Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Oct 24, 2018

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby put on a show in Edmonton on Tuesday. What will he come up with for Thursday's encore in Calgary?

Pittsburgh
44-26-9-3
AT
October 25, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
50-25-3-4
Puckline -1.5 +230
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +6.5

84%

Betting Action

16%

Puckline +1.5 -280
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6.5

84%

Betting Action

16%

The Pittsburgh Penguins continue their trek through Western Canada with a stop at the Saddledome after pulling out a dramatic win in Edmonton. Sidney Crosby broke out with his first two goals of the season, including a breathtaking game-winner in overtime to down the Oilers. The Pens have now earned at least a point in each of their last five, while Calgary has dropped two of its last three and isn’t one bit happy about it.

Penguins vs Flames Betting Analysis

The Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t like last season’s early playoff exit at the time, but it looks as though the early summer (by their standards) has helped them get off to a strong start. They’re 4-1-1-1 so far and are coming off mettle-testing victory against the Oilers in Edmonton, but as good as they’ve been, they’re a hard team to support on the puckline. Penguins bettors are down a little more than two units already with their club covering the puckline just twice in seven games.

Calgary’s play has been more of a lukewarm variety than a roaring flame as the club has lost two of its last three and heads into Thursday’s game at 5-4-0. This matchup will be a litmus test for the Flames and one that they’ll want to pass with games against the Washington Capitals and upstart Toronto Maple Leafs coming up next on the schedule.

Pittsburgh Penguins

It was only a matter of time until Crosby found the back of the net and it was no surprise that he did just that and took over Tuesday’s game when he and Connor McDavid shared the same ice. Crosby has two goals and five assists in seven games while his so-called supporting cast has held the lead role when it comes to scoring. Evgeni Malkin tops the team in scoring with 13 points, followed by 10 from Phil Kessel and nine from Kris Letang. Scoring usually isn’t a problem for this squad as Pittsburgh averages 3.7 goals per game (fourth in the NHL), but defence and goaltending could be a concern moving forward.

The Penguins allow 36 shots per game and Matt Murray owns a 3.95 goals against average with a .893 save percentage. He’ll need to be better than that if Pittsburgh wants to keep piling up points.

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames held a players-only meeting after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss in Montreal. Goaltender David Rittich made 37 saves in a losing effort and held Calgary in the game until Montreal finally broke through late in the second period.

“That’s an embarrassing effort. That’s a bad way to play,” Matthew Tkachuk told reporters. “We leave our goalie out to dry for the whole game. I mean, he’s not God in there. You can’t stop everything. At one point, they’re going to go in.” That’s a good bet with the Penguins in town if the Flames can’t shore up their defence. Calgary has allowed 85 shots combined in the last two games.

Penguins vs. Flames Prediction

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