Canucks vs Flames Prediction - NHL Picks 11/16/23

Calgary Flames (5-8-2) vs Vancouver Canucks (11-3-1)

Game Info: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -111 / Vancouver Canucks -111 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Scotiabank Saddledome. 

Canucks Will Have Tired Legs

The Canucks are going to have tired legs heading into this game after playing a game on Wednesday night against the New York Islanders. On Sunday, the Canucks faced off against the Montreal Canadiens, and they scored five goals on the way to the three goal victory. Brock Boeser had a solid game, scoring a goal and adding an assist. The Canucks are averaging 4.4 goals while their defense is giving up 2.2 goals per game. The offense is ranked 1st, while the defense is ranked 4th. Elias Petterson has scored seven goals and added 18 assists. 

Canucks Betting Trends

  • The Canucks have won each of their last three games as underdogs against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The Canucks have covered the puck line in each of their last six night games against the Flames following a win.
  • The Canucks have won the third period in each of their last five games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in eight of the Canucks' last nine games against Pacific Division opponents.

Flames Look to Build Off Last Win

The Flames come into this game with a 5-8-2 record overall, and they sure looked impressive in the last game. On Tuesday, the Canadiens scored only two goals, but the defense gave up only one goal and that led to the victory. Connor Zary scored a goal and added an assist. The Flames on the season are averaging 2.6 goals while their defense is giving up 3.4 goals per game. The offense is ranked 28th, and they need to find a way to get the offense going against the tired legs of the Canucks. 

Flames Betting Trends

  • The Flames have lost eight of their last 10 games as favorites following a road win.
  • The Flames have failed to cover the puck line in 12 of their last 13 games as favorites following a road win.
  • The Flames have lost the first period in eight of their last nine games as favorites against Western Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 11 of the Flames' last 12 home games against opponents on a winning streak.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Calgary Flames ranks 4th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (88.00%).
  • The Calgary Flames ranks 28th in the league for goals per game this season (2.60).
  • The Vancouver Canucks ranks 1st in the league for goals per game this season (4.38).
  • The Vancouver Canucks ranks T2nd in the league in power play percentage this season (33.33%).

Shane’s Free Pick

On level ice, the Canucks would be the play, but they are going to have tired legs, and that is going to hurt them here. The Flames defense is coming off a strong start and they are going to lockdown again in this game. This is going to be a very comfortable victory for the Flames here. Back the Flames on the money line to cash here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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