Vancouver Canucks (7-11-1) at Calgary Flames (8-6-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -150 / Vancouver Canucks +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Boeser leads Vancouver with 11 goals, Quinn Hughes has 17 assists and Elias Pettersson has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 30 goals on 261 shots faced while Thatcher Demko has given up 38 goals on 363 shots.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with nine goals, Elias Lindholm has 11 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 31 goals on 408 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed seven goals on 49 shots.
The Canucks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 overall. The under is 5-2 in Flames last 7 overall. The Canucks are 4-13 in the last 17 meetings in Calgary and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
While it's still somewhat early, it feels like these two teams are heading in different directions. The Calgary Flames have also beaten the Canucks in four of the five meetings this season. The Vancouver Canucks just can't get out of their own way and remain one of the worst defensive teams in the league. Not to mention Vancouver does not win in Calgary, and that's not an issue that started this season. I have to side with the Flames here once again.