Calgary Flames (15-14-3) at Ottawa Senators (10-20-3)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +138 / Calgary Flames -153 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Centre on Monday night.
The Calgary Flames will try to rebound from a 2-0 loss to Toronto in their last matchup. Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in scoring with 28 points including a team-high 20 assists while Matthew Tkachuk has 25 points with 17 assists. Johnny Gaudreau also has 24 points split between a team-high 12 goals and 12 assists. As a team, Calgary is averaging 2.7 goals per game on 29.5 shots per game with a 20.4% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 30.2 shots per game with an 80% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Ottawa Senators come into this one looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks last time out. Brady Tkachuk leads the Senators in scoring with 22 points split between a team-high 11 goals and 11 assists with a team-high 141 shots on goal this season. Drake Batherson has 21 points including 11 goals of his own while Thomas Chabot has 20 points with a team-high 16 assists while Tim Stutzle and Josh Norris each have double-digit assist totals this season. As a team, Ottawa is averaging 2.6 goals per game on 31.8 shots per game while logging a 14.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.9 goals on 31.9 shots per game with a 74.8% kill rate on the PK this season.
Calgary is 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 12-5 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 7-1-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite. Ottawa is 10-31 in their last 41 games against a team with a losing record and 19-47 in their last 66 games overall while the over is 34-16-1 in their last 51 Monday games. The over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with a home dog is always going to be worth a look on the surface, as Ottawa’s already beat the Flames in three of five meetings this season. However, the Senators aren’t trustworthy enough to take a shot on the plus money that would be more enticing if we were getting more of it. Instead, I’m backing the over as it’s 4-0-1 in this matchup so far this season and neither team is all that reliable in goal, so give me the over.