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Can Canucks continue to impress as road dogs in Calgary?

The Vancouver Canucks roll into the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight against the Calgary Flames and have been a decent road wager for bettors. The Canucks are 4-1 SU and ATS on the road this season and can leapfrog the Flames in the standings with a victory.

SHARK BITES
  • The Canucks are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games against the Flames.
  • The Flames are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games at home.
  • The Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau is sixth in league scoring with 18 points.

Despite their winning ways away from Rogers Arena, the Canucks get no love from sportsbooks while on the road. Vancouver opens as a +165 dog and has yet to be favored on the road this season. This means Canucks backers (if there are any) are more than likely bragging about all the profits they’re rollin’ in. Valued at -190 for their +1.5 puckline, ride the wave while the surfing is good.

The Flames have left a lot to be desired when playing in their barn. They’re 4-4 SU and 1-7 ATS in eight games at the Saddledome. Acquiring goaltender Mike Smith has helped stabilize their defense as they only allow 2.71 goals per game, good for seventh in the league. But Smith can’t score goals and Calgary’s putrid offense can only muster 2.50 goals per game this season, good for second-worst in the NHL. The main trend to pay attention to if you are considering placing a wager on the Flames is they’re 3-0 SU at home in their last three games but 0-3 ATS. Don’t bother with their -1.5 puckline (+185) and in all fairness, their moneyline isn’t great value either, opening at -173.

The total opened at 5.5 goals and the UNDER may be the best option. The total has gone UNDER in four of Calgary’s last six games (see above paragraph about Flames goal scoring) while the total has gone UNDER in five of Vancouver’s last seven games. The Canucks have also not been burying the puck much this season, ranking in the bottom five in goals scored per game at 2.64.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Calgary Flames were listed earlier today as -171 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.7 win for the Flames. 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 Calgary Flames currently sport a record of 8-6-0. The Vancouver Canucks are 7-5-2. Betting totals have seen the Flames post a 6-7-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canucks have gone 6-8 against 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 OddsShark show the No. 28-rated Canucks taking on the No. 27-rated Flames in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Calgary Flames' No. 30-ranked offense (2.5 goals per game) against a Vancouver Canucks defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.43 goals per game allowed. The Flames power play has clicked at a 14.58% rate while the Canucks have a 82% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Vancouver, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Red Wings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at +135 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Calgary was a 5-4 winner in its last match at home against the Devils. They won as favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Vancouver is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Vancouver is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Vancouver's last 7 games
  • Vancouver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Calgary is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Calgary is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games
  • Calgary is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Vancouver at Anaheim, Thursday, November 9
Calgary home to Detroit, Thursday, November 9

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