Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/30/21

Montreal Canadiens vs Calgary Flames NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/30/21 Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (2-3-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-0-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -130 / Calgary Flames +110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

The Calgary Flames will look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Habs in their last matchup last time out. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring with 8 points coming on 4 goals and 4 assists while Sean Monahan has 2 goals and 5 assists for his 7 points. Elias Lindholm and Rasmus Anderson hav 6 and 5 points respectively with 2 goals each and Matthew Tkachuk has 4 points including 3 goals and an assist. Jacob Markstrom’s seen the bulk of the work for Calgary early on this season, going 2-3 with a shutout and a 2.62 GAA this season.

The Montreal Canadiens will look to remain unbeaten in regular time after improving to 5-0-2 on the year with their win over the Flames last time out. Tyler Toffoli leads the Habs with 9 points including 6 goals and 3 assists while Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin each have 8 points with Petry logging 6 assists and Drouin leading the Habs with 7 helpers on the year. Nick Suzuki has 2 goals with 5 assists while Tomas Tatar has 6 points with 3 goals and 3 assists. Joel Armia, Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each have 5 points with Armia and Weber putting up 2 goals and 3 assists while Gallagher has 3 goals and Kotkaniemi has 4 assists on the year. Carey Price has made 5 appearances, logging 3 wins with a 2.92 GAA while Jake Allen’s won both of his starts with a 2.01 GAA so far this year.

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Calgary is 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 0-4 in their last 4 road games while the over is 12-3-3 in their last 18 road games. Montreal is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Calgary is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Montreal.

The Montreal Canadiens continue to roll right along as they’re now 7 games into the year without losing in regulation, and now the Habs are garnering attention as one of the early cup contenders to bring the Stanley Cup back north of the border for the first time since they did it back in 1993. I have to agree as this Montreal team is one of the deepest in the league throughout all four forward lines and all three defensive pairings and the goaltending duo of Jake Allen and Carey Price is top notch. Calgary is very top heavy with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan leading the way, but there’s not a ton of secondary production and I think that’s going to hurt the Flames over the course of the season. I’m also not sold on Jacob Markstrom yet this season. I just think that these cheap prices with Montreal aren’t going to last long, so hop on them while you can. Give me Montreal and the cheap price here.

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Chris’s Pick Montreal -130

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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