The Scotiabank Saddledome is the site for a divisional showdown as the Arizona Coyotes head north to to face the Calgary Flames. The puck drops at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30, and you’ll be able to witness it live on Fox Sports Arizona.
Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Odds
Calgary (+180) is playing the role of underdog to Calgary (-215), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Earning moneyline bettors 0.3 units, Calgary is 13-11 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 45-37 record the team produced during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 24 regular season outings, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 6-6 SU at home this season.
The Flames have converted on 21.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Flames have been penalized 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five matchups home outings. The team has had to kill penalties for just 6.0 minutes per game over their last five matchups, overall.
Sporting a .921 save percentage and 30.0 saves per game, Mike Smith (12-9-1) has been the top option in goal for Calgary this season. If the Flames choose to rest him, however, Calgary could go with Eddie Lack (1-3-3 record, .813 save percentage, 5.29 goals against average).
The Flames will continue looking for leadership out of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Gaudreau (34 points) is up to 11 goals and 23 assists and has recorded multiple points 11 times this year. Monahan has 14 goals and 12 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 16 contests.
On the other bench, Arizona is 6-21 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 27 regular season matches, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team so far, the Coyotes are 4-12 SU.
The Coyotes have converted on just 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 16th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
Arizona’s skaters have been whistled for penalties only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.4 per game over their last five on the road. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta (23.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta owns a 4-9-2 record, and has registered a .914 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average this year.
Clayton Keller (11 goals, 10 assists) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (six goals, 12 assists) have been standout playmakers for Arizona and will pace the offensive counter for the visiting Coyotes.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over
- Arizona is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-0 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in four of Calgary’s last five games.
- Five of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- Arizona skaters have dished out the leagues seventh-most hits per game (23.9), but the team’s recorded just 21.0 hits over their last five away games.