Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Nov 29, 2021

Jacob Markstrom, Flames, 2021

The Calgary Flames will try to rebound from their first defeat in five games when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Pittsburgh
25-10-1-4
AT
November 29, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
18-11-6
Puckline +1.5 -204
Moneyline +122
Over / Under o +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

Puckline -1.5 +170
Moneyline -147
Over / Under u +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

The Flames close out a three-game homestand on the heels of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. The Penguins kick off a five-game Western road trip in Calgary after seeing a five-game win streak snapped by Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

The Flames have held steady as -146 home favourites despite attracting 76% of bets laid on Monday night’s matchup at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Accordingly, the Penguins’ odds also remain unchanged at +122. The total is pegged at 5.5, but has the UNDER has emerged as a slim -115 favourite despite the lure of the OVER, which has garnered 58% of bets.

Penguins vs. Flames NHL Betting Odds

Monday night’s matchup marks the second and final regular season meeting of the season between these two clubs, and the Penguins first visit to Calgary since December 2019. The Flames marched to a decisive 4-0 victory in Pittsburgh back on October 28, picking up their first shutout victory over the Penguins since 1984. However, the Penguins hold the historical head-to-head edge, posting wins in four of their past six dates, and outscoring the Flames by a wide 13-2 margin while claiming victory in each of their past two visits to Calgary. The total has finished UNDER in each of their past three matchups, but has gone a middling 4-4 in their past eight tilts at the Saddledome.

Pittsburgh Penguins

After giving up just two total goals during an impressive five-game win streak that returned them to the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Penguins experienced a third-period meltdown on Saturday night, allowing five goals on 12 shots in their 6-3 loss to Montreal. That spoiled what was otherwise a solid outing for the Pens, who outscored the Canadiens by a wide 50-33 margin, including 19 shots in the final frame. The defeat now leaves goaltender Casey DeSmith winless in four outings this season, in which he has allowed 17 total goals. However, it is Tristan Jarry who is expected to return to the crease on Monday night, in pursuit of a sixth win in as many starts. Jarry has blanked opponents on three occasions during his surge, and currently sits among the league leaders with 10 wins, a 1.91 goals against average, and .937 save percentage.

Calgary Flames

With Jacob Markstrom expected to once again get the call in the Flames net, Monday night’s contest has all the makings of an entertaining goaltending duel. Markstrom has been a steady presence in the Flames crease while compiling an 8-4-4 record that features five shutouts. However, concerns linger after Markstrom let a win slip away on Saturday night while allowing a pair of unanswered third-period goals on just eight shots. And while Markstrom has not recorded losses in consecutive starts on home ice since the second week of last season, he has enjoyed little offensive support from his Flames teammates, who have scored two or fewer goals on five occasions during his 4-3-3 run in 10 starts this month.

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