Montreal Canadiens (20-15-9) at Calgary Flames (19-23-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +107 / Montreal Canadiens -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames meet Friday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 22 goals, Jonathan Douin has 21 assists and Jeff Petry has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 65 goals on 659 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 50 goals on 570 shots.
The Calgary Flames need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 15 goals, Elias Lindholm has 26 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 89 goals on 907 shots faced and Artyom Zagidulin has allowed two goals on 11 shots.
The Canadiens are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-10 in their last 14 road games. The Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Flames last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams in their current form as they're piling up the losses at the worst possible time. However, the Flames have won four of the six meetings against the Habs this season and the home team has won five of the last seven meetings. The Montreal Canadiens have played their worst hockey on the road this season and have been shaky at best defensively during this losing stretch. In a battle between two clubs falling apart, give me the home team and the plus money.