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Flames are Catching Fire After Slow Start

After managing just one victory in their first six games of the season, the Calgary Flames have turned their fortunes around by rattling off three straight wins. Next up on the docket for Calgary is a Sunday date with the Washington Capitals.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 3-1 SU in their last four games on the road against the Flames.
  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Capitals' last four games on the road against the Flames.
  • The visiting team is 4-0 SU in its last four games in this matchup.

Johnny Gaudreau is a big reason for the Flames’ recent offensive explosion. The winger has posted a goal and three assists in the last two games to take over the team lead with seven points. Goaltender Brian Elliott has also recovered after a slow start by giving up five goals in the last three games after yielding 14 in his first three outings.

If Calgary is going to sustain this success, they’ll need to tighten up on special teams. The Flames have allowed 11 power-play goals in the first nine contests and are just 4-for-35 with the man advantage.

The Capitals have allowed 30 or fewer shots in all seven games this season, including on 25 on Sunday. That’s a true testament to the stellar defensive core general manager Brian MacLellan has assembled.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Washington Capitals before puck drop in this match found them as -143 moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 58, according to BetOnline.

A 2.4-2.1 result in favor of the Capitals is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Calgary Flames Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Calgary Flames are 4-4-1 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 4-2-1. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Calgary go 6-3 and the Capitals go 3-3-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Calgary vs Washington injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 17 (Calgary Flames) and the No. 23 (Washington Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Calgary Flames No. 7-ranked offense (3.33 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.29 goals per game allowed. The Flames powerplay has clicked at a 11.43% rate while the Capitals have a 76.19% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Capitals were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -192 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Calgary was a 5-2 winner at home against the Senators. Bettors on Calgary at -124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

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

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Winnipeg, Tuesday, November 1st
Calgary at Chicago, Tuesday, November 1st

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