Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/11/21

Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/11/21 Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (12-6-7) at Calgary Flames (11-12-3)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: Calgary Flames -106 / Montreal Canadiens -104 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 15 goals, Jeff Petry has 14 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 41 goals on 423 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 21 goals on 267 shots.

The Calgary Flames need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 11 goals, Elias Lindholm has 17 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 47 goals on 507 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 27 goals on 281 shots.

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The Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The under is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 road games. The over is 4-1-1 in Flames last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Calgary and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 6-1-2 in the last 9 meetings.

Neither of these teams are lighting it on fire right now, but the Calgary Flames at least have the rest advantage and are at home. The Montreal Canadiens are on the end of a back to back and haven't won back to back games in over a month. And while the Flames haven't had much recent success, they have won nine of their last 12 games as a home favorite. The Flames also shutout the Habs in the last meeting back in late January. I'll take the Flames if forced to pick this contest between two struggling teams.

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Randy’s Pick Calgary Flames -106

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

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