Calgary Flames (6-4-2) at Montreal Canadiens (8-2-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 2, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -197 / Calgary Flames +179 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens play Sunday night at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames begin a five-game road trip here and are looking for some consistency. The Flames are being led by terrific goaltending that’s allowing 2.2 goals per game and has allowed just eight goals in their last four games. The Calgary Flames have won 12 of their last 14 games when allowing two or less goals. Jonas Hiller has allowed 13 goals on 222 shots faced and Karri Ramo has given up 12 goals on 139 shots. The one weakness for the Flames is their power play killing, as 75 percent simply isn’t cutting it. Offensively, Dennis Wideman and Mason Raymond have combined for 10 goals, Mark Giordano has seven assists and Sean Monahan has 32 shots on goal. The Flames have scored three power play goals in their last three games.
The Montreal Canadiens have won four of their last six games and are currently the best team in the Atlantic. The Canadiens have been getting the job done defensively, as they’ve allowed three or less goals in six straight games and are killing 86.7 percent of their power play chances. The Montreal Canadiens have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less goals. Carey Price has allowed 22 goals on 276 shots and Dustin Tokarski has allowed six goals on 66 shots. Offensively, Tomas Plekanec leads Montreal with five goals, Alexei Emelin has six assists and Max Pacioretty has 33 shots on goal. The Canadiens are still looking to improve their power play, as they haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have just three on the season.
The Flames are 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Flames are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal, while the home team is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
You have to like the value we're getting with the Calgary Flames, especially with how well they've played on the road this season. While the Canadiens have been in a groove the last week or so, they're not worth the insane price oddmakers are asking us to pay. I'll take my chances with the Flames and the boatload of plus money.