Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary Flames - 12/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (14-12-2) at Montreal Canadiens (13-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Calgary Flames --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, RDS
The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames could use a nice victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 15 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 24 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 64 goals on 761 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 12 goals on 64 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.
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The Montreal Canadiens look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 13 goals, Jonathan Drouin has 12 assists and Phillip Danault has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 49 goals on 503 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Flames are 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games, 7-15 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The home team is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither one of these teams have had success putting wins together as of late, but the Flames are on the end of a back to back and the Montreal Canadiens have played their best hockey at home this season. In a battle between two inconsistent clubs that struggle defensively, I'm siding with the rested team that's at home.