Two clubs that split their head-to-head series one win apiece a year ago, the Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers face off at the Wells Fargo Center in a cross-continent matchup. The match gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, and you can witness the game live on Sportsnet ONE.
Calgary Flames vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Calgary is 10-8 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.1 units this season. Through 18 regular season contests, 10 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The Flames are 4-3 SU on the road in 2017-18.
Calgary has converted on 17.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and the teams successfully killed off only 70.8 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, Calgary has been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, and 6.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 18.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Mike Smith (10-6) has been the best option in goal for Calgary this year. If Calgary decides to rest him, however, they could turn to Eddie Lack (1-3 record, .813 save percentage, 5.29 goals against average).
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Flames. Gaudreau has 26 points via eight goals and 18 assists, and has recorded multiple points seven times. Monahan has eight goals and eight assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 12 games).
Philadelphia is 8-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 19 regular season outings, 10 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 4-5 SU as the home team so far this year.
Philadelphia has converted on 18.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Philadelphia players have been whistled for penalties 4.1 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their last five outings total, and 4.2 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays 9.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Brian Elliott (26.4 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has six wins, seven losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has maintained a 2.53 goals against average and a .912 save percentage this year.
Jakub Voracek (five goals, 18 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Flyers.
Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over
- Philadelphia is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-0 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Philadelphia’s last five outings.
- Philadelphia has averaged 2.7 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 0.7 goals per contest on its three-game losing streak.