Montreal Canadiens Travels to Calgary to Face the Flames
The Montreal Canadiens will travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames in a non-conference matchup. The only other game against one another was back in November when the Canadiens picked up a 4-2 home win.
The Canadiens are last in the Atlantic Division (13-33-7, 33 points), while the Flames are leading the Pacific Division (31-14-6, 68 points).
These franchises have some solid players like center Nick Suzuki and left winger Johnny Gaudreau on the ice, so it should be an interesting game.
Will the Montreal Canadiens or the Calgary Flames be Able to Edge Out a Win?
Montreal has been brutal on the power play as they are only scoring on 12.3 percent of them, which is the second-worst in the league. Center Nick Suzuki has led the Canadiens in points and assists. As he has recorded 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) and scored five points in his previous four games. The offense as a whole has been struggling as they are scoring just 2.28 goals on 29.4 shot attempts.
Canadiens Goalie Sam Montembeault has been brutal inside of the net this year. As he is 5-10-4 with 3.53 goals allowed and saving 90.2 percent of shots. As a team, they are giving up 3.74 goals on 34.2 shot attempts per game. A big place where they can improve is on the penalty kill as they are the third-lowest at just 74.4 percent.
Left winger Johnny Gaudreau has been playing extremely well. As he is tied for sixth in points and third in assists with 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) and scored nine points in his previous seven games. As a team, they are scoring 3.43 goals on 29 shot attempts.
The biggest plus is their ability to score with the man advantage as they are 11th in the sport with a 22.3 power play percentage this season.
Calgary is sixth in the sport with an 84.5 penalty kill percentage. It is a huge reason why they are allowing 2.43 goals on 29 shot attempts against them. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom is playing extremely well. As he is 24-11-5 with 2.13 goals allowed and saving 92.5 percent of all shots.
Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames Betting Predictions
The Canadiens are terrible on the road as they are 5-16-6, while the Flames are 15-4-4 inside of the Scotiabank Saddledome this season. Calgary is 27-24 ATS, while Montreal is currently 24-29 ATS this season.
The difference has been on the offensive side of the ice as the Canadiens are scoring 2.5 goals in their previous two games while the Flames are averaging 3.8 goals in their last five games.
All in all, go with the Calgary Flames to cover the puck line at home as the better team.
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