Canucks at Flames - 10/7/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (50-33-5) at Calgary Flames (50-35-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -120 / Vancouver Canucks +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks open their season Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Vancouver Canucks hope to return to the playoffs for a second straight season under coach Willie Desjardins. The Vancouver Canucks finished last season ranked eighth in the league with an average of 2.9 goals per game. Radim Vrbata returns after leading Vancouver with 31 goals, Daniel Sedin had 56 assists and Chris Higgins had 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks ranked 19th in the league with an average of 2.7 goals allowed per game. Ryan Miller will lead the way as the Canucks goaltender while Jacob Markstrom will see an expanded role as the backup.
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The Calgary Flames look to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2007-08. The Calgary Flames finished last season ranked sixth in the league with an average of 2.9 goals per game. Jiri Hudler returns after leading Calgary with 31 goals, Sean Monahan had 31 assists and Johnny Gaudreau had 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames were ranked 16th in the league with an average of 2.6 goals allowed per game. The Flames return their entire goaltending depth chart, which includes Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio. Jiri Hudler is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Canucks are 7-2 in their last 9 Wednesday games and 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Flames are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Calgary and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Canucks haven't won in Calgary in a while and haven't had much success against the Flames overall recently. Even with Hudler dinged up a bit, I like the Flames to find a way to get the job done on their home ice in the season opener.