Montreal Canadiens (12-7-7) at Calgary Flames (12-12-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -106 / Montreal Canadiens -104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames meet Saturday 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 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 15 goals, Jonathan Douin has 15 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 42 goals on 447 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 23 goals on 296 shots.
The Calgary Flames need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 11 goals, Elias Lindholm has 17 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 48 goals on 525 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 27 goals on 281 shots.
The Canadiens are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Flames are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 in their last 12 games as an underdog. The under is 3-0-1 in Canadiens last 4 road games. The under is 6-0-2 in Flames last 8 games following a win. The Canadiens are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
I'm not trying to back either of these teams in their current form, as they're both on the struggle bus and have some really bad losses lately. While the Montreal Canadiens are probably the better team on paper, it's the Flames who have won two of the three meetings this season and outscored them 4-1 in the last two matchups. The Habs have had no recent success on the road and they haven't done any better in the favorite role. In a near toss up contest, give me the Flames at home.