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Door Closing on Canucks’ Playoff Hopes

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The 2015-16 NHL season hasn’t been a banner year for Canadian franchises and while the Vancouver Canucks seemed like the best bet of the bunch to make the playoffs, a three-game losing streak has essentially shut the door on that idea. They’ll look to end that recent slump with a visit to the Calgary Flames Friday night.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 4-1 in the Flames’ last five games.
  • The Canucks are 3-0 SU in their last three games with zero days off after their previous game.
  • The Flames are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games as favorites.

At online shop Bovada, the Flames are -160 in moneyline markets while the Canucks are +130. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5.5 goals is presently +120 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -150.

The Canucks have gone just 2-5 SU in the month of February and have been on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night – all on home ice – in their last three games.

Strangely, the Canucks will be happy to get on the road, where they’ve gone 2-0 SU since the All-Star break compared to 0-5 on home ice. They will not be excited to be in Calgary however.

Calgary has been a thorn in the Canucks’ side recently and although Vancouver won the only other meeting in Calgary this season (5-1 on October 7), the Flames have gone 4-1 SU in the last five meetings at home and 8-3 SU in the last 11 meetings overall, including wins in the past two head-to-head contests.

The Canucks are still alive in the playoff hunt and a win over their Pacific Division rivals could be the rallying point they need to make a last season push.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Vancouver Canucks before puck drop in this match found them as 127 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Flames to win this game 3.1-2.5. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Vancouver Canucks will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 22-23-12 this season, while the Flames are 25-28-3. Vancouver is 20-23-14 against the total, while Calgary is 28-24-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Calgary vs Vancouver injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 29-rated Vancouver Canucks taking on the No. 13-rated Calgary Flames in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Calgary's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.73 goals per game, against a Canucks defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.84 goals allowed. The Flames power play is averaging 15.68% while the Canucks defense kills off 80.34% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Vancouver was a 5-2 loser at home against the Ducks. Bettors on Anaheim at -132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Flames were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Wild. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -119 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Vancouver is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
  • Vancouver is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Vancouver is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Calgary
  • Vancouver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games
  • Calgary is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games at home
  • Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Calgary is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Vancouver

Next Betting Matchups

Vancouver home to Colorado, Sunday, February 21st
Calgary at Anaheim, Sunday, February 21st

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