Calgary Flames (2-2-1) at Montreal Canadiens (4-0-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -127 / Calgary Flames +113 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames need a win here to rebound from a 2-2-1 record. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 35 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with four goals, Sean Monahan has five assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 13 goals on 146 shots faced.
The Montreal Canadiens look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 4.8 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with five goals, Jeff Petry has five assists and Brendan Gallagher has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 13 goals on 122 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up four goals on 43 shots.
The Flames are 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Canadiens are 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 12-3-2 in Flames last 17 road games. The over is 5-2-1 in Canadiens last 8 overall. The Flames are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Calgary Flames keep coming up short and their defensive effort has been hit or miss in their losses this season. The Montreal Canadiens have been one of the bigger surprises in the league so far this season and they're one of the better offensive teams right now, which includes third in goals per game and first in shots per game. The Canadiens have also won each of the last five games against the Flames, not losing to them since December of 2017. Give me the Habs and the cheap price.