Montreal Canadiens (20-16-9) at Calgary Flames (20-23-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +100 / Montreal Canadiens -118 --- 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 need a win after losing seven of their last 10 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 look for a win after splitting their last six 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 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flames are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. 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 underdog is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens continue to pile up the losses, have played their worst hockey on the road lately and yet they continue to get respect from oddsmakers for whatever reason. The Calgary Flames aren't lighting the world on fire, but they are at home and have now won five of the seven meetings this season against the Habs. The Canadiens may be the better team overall, but they're not playing well enough to lay juice with on the road. I'll take a stab with the Flames and the even money.