Panthers vs Flames Prediction - NHL Picks 12/18/23

Calgary Flames (12-14-5) vs Florida Panthers (18-10-2)

Game Info: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -102 / Florida Panthers -122 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers will play the Calgary Flames on Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Florida has lost two of their last three games, while Calgary snapped their losing streak on Saturday. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Panthers vs Flames prediction.

Panthers Preview

The Florida Panthers are 18-10-2 this season after they defeated Edmonton by a score of 5-1 in their last game. Florida scored three goals in the first period and they were able to hold the lead for the rest of the game. The Panthers recorded 39 shots on goal and went 1-3 on the power play in the win. Florida lost their previous two games against Vancouver and Seattle by a score of 4-0 in each game. Florida is scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 2.57 goals against per game, while going 18.1% on the power play and 81.4% on the penalty kill. Sam Reinhart has led Florida with 17 goals, 21 assists, and 72 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 14-8-1 this year with a 2.49 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. 

Flames Preview

The Calgary Flames are 12-14-5 this year after they defeated Tampa Bay by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Calgary scored three times in the first period and they were able to hang on for the win in the final period. The Flames were out shot by a total of 33-26 and went 0-1 on the power play in the game. Calgary had lost their previous four games against Minnesota, Vegas, Colorado, and New Jersey. The Flames are scoring 3.00 goals per game and they are allowing 3.39 goals against per game, while going 12% on the power play and 82.1% on the penalty kill. Nazem Kadri has led Calgary with eight goals, 14 assists, and 99 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 6-8-2 this year with a 2.95 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. 

Calgary Flames Team Facts

  • The Flames have won five of their last six games as underdogs against the Panthers.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in seven of the Flames' last eight games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • The home team has won the third period in each of the last four games between the Panthers and Flames.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Flames' last eight night games.

Florida Panthers Team Facts

  • The Panthers have lost three of their last four games as favorites following a road win.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in four of the Panthers' last five games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Panthers' last six night games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • The Panthers have lost the second period in four of their last five night games following a road win.

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

  • Yegor Sharangovich has scored at least one goal in each of the Flames' last five games as underdogs.
  • MacKenzie Weegar has recorded a point in each of the Flames' last eight night games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Blake Coleman has recorded an assist in six of the Flames' last seven games as underdogs.
  • Yegor Sharangovich ranks T1st in the Pacific Division for shootout goals (3) this season.

Florida Panthers Player Prop Facts

  • Aleksander Barkov has recorded at least one assist in three of his last four appearances in night games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Nick Cousins has recorded a point in four of his last five appearances at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Gustav Forsling ranks T1st in the Eastern Conference for Plus/Minus (+19) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Calgary Flames ranks T5th in the league in short handed goals this season (6).
  • The Calgary Flames are one of only five teams to win 10+ games when tied or trailing after Period 1 this season.
  • The Florida Panthers ranks 3rd in the league for shots per game this season (33.9).
  • The Florida Panthers ranks 3rd in the league for shots against per game this season (27.3).

Panthers vs Flames Betting Prediction

Calgary was able to get a big win over Tampa Bay on Saturday to snap their losing streak, and they will look to make it two wins in a row here. Florida has lost two of their last three games and they were shutout in both of those losses, but they did pick up a nice win over Edmonton in their last game. Calgary only has one win in their last five games, but they played pretty well in their last three losses, which were all by one goal. I like Calgary to play well again here and I am taking them at home. 

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

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