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Plenty Of New Faces in The Battle of Alberta

Milan Lucic

The Battle of Alberta highlights the opening night in the NHL, as the Calgary Flames head to Rexall Place to take on the Edmonton Oilers. Though the two teams were pretty evenly matched last season, the Flames have won 10 of the past 12 against the Oilers overall.

  • The Flames are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against the Pacific Division.
  • Johnny Gaudreau had 4 goals in 5 games against the Oilers last season.
  • The OVER went 5-2 in the Oilers’ final 7 games last season.

The Flames addressed their goaltending woes at the draft, as they traded two picks to acquire Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues. Elliott posted a .925 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average during his five years with the Blues, but Ken Hitchcock’s system has always been good at boosting netminders’ stats on paper. We need to wait and see if there is any significant drop-off for Elliott manning the crease for the competitive Blues compared with the up-and-coming Flames.

The Oilers shuffled around their lineup this offseason – highlighted by their signing of Milan Lucic and trading of Taylor Hall – but there is no doubt this is Connor McDavid’s team. The center was named the youngest captain in NHL history after tallying 48 points in 45 games last season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Calgary Flames opened as 175 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Flames to win this game 3.4-2. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Calgary Flames will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 35-40-7 this season, while the Oilers are 31-43-8. Calgary is 42-36-4 against the total, while Edmonton is 39-39-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Edmonton vs Calgary injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 14-rated Calgary Flames taking on the No. 20-rated Edmonton Oilers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Edmonton Oilers No. 25-ranked offense (2.48 goals per game) against a Calgary Flames defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.17 goals per game allowed. The Oilers powerplay has clicked at a 18.67% rate while the Flames have a 75.64% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Calgary won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Wild on April 09. Bettors who backed the Flames at +144 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Edmonton was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Canucks. They lost as -114 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Calgary is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Calgary is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Edmonton
  • Calgary is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Calgary's last 11 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
  • Edmonton is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Edmonton is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Edmonton's last 23 games

Next Betting Matchups

Calgary home to Edmonton, Friday, October 14th