Two of the hottest teams in the NHL during the first quarter of the season clash on Thursday night, when the Calgary Flames play host to the Carolina Hurricanes as 1.83 favourites on the NHL odds at Bet99. The Flames return home on the rebound after closing out a four-game road trip with back-to-back defeats, capped by a 5-3 loss in San Jose on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes travel to Cowtown gunning for a third straight victory after opening their current five-game western road trip with a 4-2 victory in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
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Carolina Hurricanes vs Calgary Flames
Thursday, December 9, 9:00 pm ET
Hurricanes: 17-6-1, 35 points (3rd, Metropolitan Division)
Flames: 15-6-5, 35 points (1st, Pacific Division)
Hurricanes vs Flames Betting Trends
Thursday night’s matchup marks the first meeting between these two clubs since December 2019. The Hurricanes have claimed the win in each of their past two clashes with the Flames, including a 4-0 victory in their most recent trip to Calgary almost two years ago. That marked the Flames’ third loss in four home dates with Carolina, with Calgary scoring two or fewer goals on three occasions over that stretch. Indeed, low scoring has been commonplace when these teams clash, with these clubs combining to score five or fewer goals 11 times over their past 14 dates, fueling a 10-3-1 run for the UNDER.
Carolina Hurricanes News & Notes
The Hurricanes enjoyed a spectacular start to this season, storming out of the gate on an impressive 14-2-0 run that briefly lifted them to the top of the Metropolitan Division. However, with injuries piling up, and the club growing weary from a 13-game stretch that featured 10 road contests, the Canes closed out November on a 1-4-1 run during which they scored five or fewer goals on five occasions.
Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo are no longer in COVID protocol and can resume hockey activities, but will not be joining the #Canes in Canada.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 8, 2021
Injuries are still a concern, most notably on the blue line. The club has had to make do without the services of Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo after the duo tested positive for Covid-19, while Jake Gardiner remains relegated to the LTIR as he struggles with a hip injury. However, the absence of Pesce and DeAngelo did not prevent the club from limiting the Jets to a season-low 18 shots on goal in Tuesday’s contest.
— NHL (@NHL) December 5, 2021
Upfront, Sebastian Aho has continued to make a strong case to be considered as a candidate to win this season’s Hart Trophy. The talented Finn has padded his lead in team scoring with one goal and six assists in three December contests and has averaged a point per game over his past four appearances versus Calgary. Things have not gone so well for Andrei Svechnikov. The 21-year-old was forced to miss last weekend’s 6-2 victory over Buffalo and has scored just twice over his past 16 outings.
Calgary Flames News & Notes
The Flames are expected to have Jacob Markstrom back between the pipes when they return home for Thursday’s contest. Calgary’s starting netminder enjoyed two nights off over the club’s four-game road trip but has received the call in each of the Flames’ nine home games to date, compiling a 4-2-3 record that features a pair of shutout wins.
After a shaky first season with the Calgary Flames, Jacob Markstrom is proving to be the elite goaltender they were looking for in Year 2. If the season were to end today, the 31-year-old would very likely be a Vezina Trophy candidate, as he currentlyhttps://t.co/dkw1S10UGX
— Shop CGY Hockey (@ShopCGYHockey) December 8, 2021
While the Flames have silenced the naysayers since opening the season well off the pace on the Stanley Cup betting picks, they have been far from prolific scorers at times. That has made Markstrom’s steady performance particularly crucial to the club’s resurgence this season. Calgary shooters have mustered just 2.67 goals per game over their past six outings, and have provided Markstrom with little offensive support on home ice, where they have scored more than two goals in game just three times in their past eight contests.
God, this line is so good.
Lindholm great on the forecheck. Tkachuk with the feed. Gaudreau with the hands in tight for his 10th of the year. Little bit of everything from each of them. #Flames lead 2-1. pic.twitter.com/BIoVYD5LcE
— Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) December 8, 2021
The exceptions to Calgary’s offensive inconsistency have been Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm. Gaudreau leads the club with 29 points through 26 games and has recorded at least a point in 10 of his past 11 outings. Lindholm has racked up a point per game in 26 outings and has found his way onto the scoresheet in 10 of his past 12 outings.
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