Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights Matchup Preview

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T-Mobile Arena is playing host a Pacific Division tilt as the Calgary Flames travel to Sin City to meet the Vegas Golden Knights. The opening face-off takes place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 21, and it can be caught live on Sportsnet Flames.

Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Vegas is 39-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 20.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Of its 59 games this season, 33 have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 22-7 SU at home this season.

The Golden Knights have been able to convert on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.

The Golden Knights, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 1.6 per game over their last five outings home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 6.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

With a .931 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (19-9-2) has been the top option in goal for the Knights this season. If Vegas chooses to give him the night off, however, the team might turn to Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both spearhead the attack for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (58 points) has tallied 21 goals and 37 assists and has recorded multiple points in 18 different games this year. Perron has 14 goals and 39 assists to his name and has notched a point in 37 games.

On the other side of the ice, Calgary is 30-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 31 of its outings have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team, the Flames are 17-12 SU so far.

The Flames have converted on just 18.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Calgary’s players have been called for penalties 4.3 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties 9.8 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

Mike Smith (29.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Smith owns a 24-23-6 record, and has registered a .921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.

Johnny Gaudreau (19 goals, 50 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Flames.

Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • A majority (59.0 percent) of Vegas wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 23-10 overall in games decided by at least two scores. 12 of Calgary’s 30 wins (40.0 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • The extra-man advantage could prove to be extremely important tonight. The Flames are 12-15 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 16-17 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Golden Knights are 14-10 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 29-14 in games where their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Calgary is 2-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 2-2 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of Vegas last five outings.
  • Vegas skaters have averaged 13.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.5 giveaways per game (ranked 15th in the NHL).
  • Calgary has averaged 7.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.0 giveaways per game (ranked 20th).