Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -167 / Vancouver Canucks +138 -- Over/Under: 6
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Calgary Flames look for another win after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 29 goals, Sean Monahan has 35 assists and Elias Lindholm has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 73 goals on 871 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 78 goals on 700 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 25 goals, Bo Horvat has 24 assists and Brock Boeser has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 116 goals on 1,281 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed three goals on 39 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 11-3 in their last 14 Saturday games and 9-3 in their last 12 overall. The Canucks are 15-36 in their last 51 vs. Pacific and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 13-3 in Flames last 16 overall. The under is 8-2-2 in Canucks last 12 games as an underdog. The Flames are 8-19 in the last 27 meetings in Vancouver and the favorite is 35-16 in the last 51 meetings.
The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks are two teams heading in completely different directions and it's as simple as that. Calgary has had the upper hand over Vancouver over the years, winning six of the last nine meetings, but that's not enough for me to get behind the Canucks, even with home ice. The Flames are a red hot team that I'm not looking to step in front of at the moment.