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Flames Will Look to Avoid a 28th Straight Loss in Anaheim Tonight

Losing in Anaheim has become more than a trend for the Flames, it’s now a certainty. Their dismal streak against the Ducks dates all the way back to 2006 and after a 4-1 beatdown in Anaheim on April 4, the Flames have now lost 27 consecutive games in Anaheim. Because of that – and other factors – Calgary will be a significant underdog going into tonight’s Game 1 contest against the Ducks.

SHARK BITES
  • The Flames are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games against the Ducks.
  • The Ducks are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The Flames are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games in the playoffs on the road.

Historical trends are made to be broken and I by no means take the 27-game streak into serious consideration in my handicapping. I do, however, consider the teams’ last matchup that saw the Ducks absolutely smother the Flames, physically as well as on the scoreboard.

Calgary is a team that likes to get out and skate and Anaheim is incredibly effective at stopping teams from doing that – especially in Anaheim. They gave up the second-fewest goals per game on their home ice this season, meaning the Flames’ scoring chances are likely going to be few and far between this evening.

The Ducks went 10-3-1 against divisional opponents at home in the regular season while the Flames went just 4-10 straight up in that same split but on the road. I have little confidence that the young Flames can get past this experienced Ducks team tonight, or in the series.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Anaheim Ducks in this one found them earlier as -155 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-1.6 result in favor of the Ducks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Calgary Flames vs Anaheim Ducks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Anaheim Ducks are 46-23-13 so far on the season. The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, are 45-33-4. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Anaheim go 28-36-18 and the Flames go 34-37-11 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Anaheim vs Calgary injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 10-rated Calgary Flames taking on the No. 9-rated Anaheim Ducks in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Anaheim Ducks No. 18-ranked offense (2.72 goals per game) against a Calgary Flames defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.7 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 18.43% rate while the Flames have a 81.59% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Calgary, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -135 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Anaheim, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at -148 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Calgary is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Calgary is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
  • Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Calgary is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Anaheim is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • Anaheim is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Anaheim is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Calgary at Anaheim, Saturday, April 15th

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