NHL Best Bets: Flames vs Canadiens Odds and Picks

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NHL Best Bets: Flames vs Canadiens Odds and Picks

The Montreal Canadiens will be aiming to avoid losing four in a row for the second time this season when they play host to the slumping Calgary Flames on Thursday as slim 2.06 home underdogs in NHL sports betting. Stanley Cup finalists just four months ago, the Canadiens have endured a disastrous start to the new season. The Flames have cooled down considerably since enjoying a red-hot start, but open a lengthy seven-game road trip with just one win in four outings, and sport 1.79 odds heading into Thursday’s matchup.

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NHL Odds - November 11Sports InteractionBodogBet99
Calgary Flames1.791.801.71
Montreal Canadiens2.062.052.10

NHL Records:
Calgary Flames – 7-2-3, 17 points (Second place in Pacific Division)
Montreal Canadiens – 3-10-1, 7 points (Eighth place in Atlantic Division)

Calgary Flames vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends

Wednesday night’s clash at Bell Centre marks the first meeting between these Canadian rivals so far this season. These two teams met on nine occasions during the abbreviated 2021 NHL campaign, with Calgary holding the clear edge in the season series, claiming victory on six occasions. That marks a dramatic turnaround after falling to defeat in each of their six previous meetings. However, the Flames have continued to produce mixed results in recent trips to Montreal, picking up the win in just two of their past six. Low scoring was a consistent theme when these clubs met last season. Total goals scored topped 5.0 on just three occasions over their nine matchups, fueling a steady 11-3-2 run for the UNDER in totals betting in 16 meetings since January 2017.

That trend has influenced the total in Thursday’s contest, which is pegged at 5.5, with the UNDER sporting just 1.87 odds. And the ability to score has been a massive concern for the Canadiens when they face Calgary. Montreal shooters have found the back of the net just 11 times in eight meetings since tallying a 4-2 home win last January, and have averaged just over two goals per game in 12 home dates since 2011.

Flames Cooling Off Following Torrid Start

The Flames will be under pressure to rediscover their offensive touch when they begin an extended road trip in Montreal on Thursday night. Calgary consistently turned in dominant performances during a recent six-game win streak, averaging an impressive 4.17 goals per game. However, they have failed to maintain that pace since, scoring just six total goals in their three recent defeats. The duo of Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane powered the attack during that early surge, combing to score 14 total goals over the teams first six games. But both have fallen silent during the club’s current 1-1-2 swoon, tallying just one total goal.

Calgary’s power outage has placed an added burden on netminder Jacob Markstrom. The Swedish veteran has flashed playoff form early on, posting a trio of shutouts and allowing just one total goal while closing out November on a 4-0-0 run. Markstrom has remained steady during the Flames’ slide, giving up more than three goals just once, and adding a fourth shutout, but has been saddled with each of the team’s recent losses after receiving little or no goal support.

Injury-Hobbled Canadiens on the Verge of Freefall

The last thing the Canadiens need to face is a hot goaltender as they pursue just their fourth win of the season in Thursday night’s betting matchup. The Canadiens return to action after falling to the visiting Los Angeles Kings by a 3-2 score on Tuesday, dumping their overall record to a dismal 3-10-1, good for last place in the Atlantic Division standings.

The Habs have struggled badly on offence, with Tuesday’s defeat marking the 11th time in 14 outings to date that they have failed to score more than two goals. That lack of production has left the club mired in 31st place in the NHL in goals scored, with just 2.00 scored per game. In addition, it has done little to salvage the Canadiens’ position on the NHL futures, where they have dipped to a 51.00 wager after being pegged at a short 21.00 on the season-opening Stanley Cup betting picks.

The Canadiens’ scoring woes are not helped by their continued battle with injuries. Jonathan Drouin is set to miss a fourth straight game on Thursday as he recovers from a head injury. He is joined in the clinic by centre Christian Dvorak, who is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury. And while Carey Price has rejoined the team after spending the first three weeks of the season in the NHL’s player assistance program, he is far from ready for game action. That will leave netminding duties to Jake Allen, who has performed admirably while starting 12 of 14 games. However, Allen has also been tagged for five goals in three of his past seven starts.

The Pick: Flames -1.5 (2.84) at Sports Interaction; OVER 5.5 (1.95)