The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Vancouver Canucks have won 6 of their last 9 games. The Calgary Flames have lost 3 straight games.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 20 goals, Quinn Hughes has 25 assists and Elias Pettersson has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 68.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 56 goals on 479 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 45 goals on 414 shots.
The Calgary Flames are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Calgary with 11 goals, Rasmus Andersson has 16 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 52 goals on 505 shots faced, and Dan Vladar has given up 30 goals on 317 shots.
The Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 5-0 in their last 5 road games. The Flames are 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The over is 21-8-1 in Canucks last 30 road games. The under is 6-2 in Flames last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canucks are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Calgary and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 47-23 in the last 70 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Calgary Flames are the better team and are going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, but they're also coming off a rough week and have opened the door for opponents to steal a game or two. The Vancouver Canucks are enjoying their best stretch of the season, and that includes 5 straight wins on the road. The Flames should be favored, but the Canucks and plus money has value. I'll take it.