Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens - 4/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (18-13-9) vs Calgary Flames (19-21-3)
Game Info: Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Bell Centre)
Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -143 / Calgary Flames +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens meet Friday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 15 goals, Elias Lindholm has 26 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 84 goals on 868 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 36 goals on 374 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 19 goals, Jonathan Douin has 21 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 62 goals on 638 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 43 goals on 488 shots.
The Flames are 4-13 in their last 17 games as an underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games. The under is 8-2-2 in Flames last 12 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Canadiens last 6 overall. The Flames are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens continue to get love from oddsmakers with these weird lines, but they're not winning enough to earn this sort of respect. The Habs have not only lost five of their last seven games, but they're a top-five team in terms of money lost this season. The Calgary Flames have issues of their own, but they're the team in better form here and have won four of the five meetings this season against the Canadiens, which includes four straight wins. The Flames have value here in the underdog spot.
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Randy’s Pick Calgary Flames +129
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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