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NHL Game Preview - Flames underdogs vs Blackhawks at Calgary

Chicago Blackhawks

Calgary Flames
17-4-4 November 27, 2013, 10:00 PM | Scotiabank Saddledome 8-11-4

The Calgary Flames battle the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday in NHL betting action at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames sit at 8-11-4 on the season; in comparison, the Blackhawks are currently 17-4-4. Looking to wager on the totals? Calgary is 15-8 OU, and Chicago is 14-11 OU.

View Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames Odds and Stats.

The Flames were listed earlier today as 173 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

The Flames - Blackhawks odds would favor the Blackhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Calgary is rated No. 25 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Chicago is at No. 2.

Chicago won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Oilers on November 25. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -142 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Flames were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Calgary at -144 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Calgary's No. 14-ranked offense (2.78 goals per game) against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.84 goals per game allowed. The Flames powerplay has clicked at a 15.38% rate while the Blackhawks have a 73.61% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Chicago at Dallas, Friday, November 29th
Calgary at Anaheim, Friday, November 29th