Montréal Canadiens at Calgary Flames

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The Montreal Canadiens will take on the Calgary Flames in a North Division battle. These two teams have faced each other three times this season with the Flames winning two out of the three games. The Canadiens have a record of 12-7-7. The Flames have a record of 12-12-3.

Canadiens Struggling Recently

The Canadiens are struggling recently. They have lost seven out of their last 10 games. Their last game was a 2-1 loss against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night. Corey Perry scored Montreal’s lone goal. Jake Allen stopped 27 out of 29 shots faced.

Montreal’s offense has been inconsistent lately. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games, but they have scored two goals or less in four out of their last 10 games. Despite the inconsistency on offense, the Habs still rank eighth in goals per game, third in shots per game, seventh in scoring efficiency ratio, and 17th in shooting percent. Jeff Petry leads all defensemen in the league with 10 goals. Tyler Toffoli is tied for third in goals in the NHL.

Despite the Canadiens struggling in recent games, goaltending and defense have been trending in the right direction recently. They have given up two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. The Habs rank ninth in goals against per game, eighth in shots against per game, and 10th in opponent shooting % and save %. Carey Price has been stellar in net in his last four games. He has given up one goal in each of his last four starts. Price has a record of 8-4-4 with a 2.59 GAA and a .906 SV%. Jake Allen has a record of 4-3-3 with a 2.28 GAA and a .922 SV%.

Flames Coming off Win Despite Recent Struggles

Despite struggling lately, Calgary is coming off a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Josh Leivo scored both of Calgary’s goals. Sam Bennett and Derek Ryan each had two assists in the game. Jacob Markstrom stopped 17 out of 18 shots faced.

Offense has been poor for the Flames in recent games. Calgary has scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. They rank 23rd in goals per game, 17th in shots per game, 24th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Nine players have over 10 points on the season for the team.

Goaltending has been a problem for the Flames recently. They have given up three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 16th in goals against per game, and 17th in shots against per game, opponent shooting % and save %. Jacob Markstrom has a record of 9-7-2 with a 2.77 GAA and a .909 SV%. David Rittich has a record of 3-5-1 with a 2.93 GAA and a .904 SV%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, shooting % and opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor Montreal in this contest. Both teams have been inconsistent and struggling lately but the Canadiens have received better goaltending. The Habs have given up two goals or less in six out of their last seven games. The Flames have given up three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. Montreal is the better team and will win this game.

Prediction:
Montreal Canadiens (-103)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Offense has been poor for the Flames in recent games. Calgary has scored two goals or less in six out of their last 10 games. Montreal’s offense has been inconsistent lately. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games, but they have scored two goals or less in four out of their last 10 games. The under has hit in seven out of the last nine games between these two teams. The under will hit in this game.

Prediction:
Under 5.5