Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and the Chicago Blackhawks will face off against Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a Western Conference matchup. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, and it’s being shown live on CBC Sports.
Chicago Blackhawks at Calgary Flames Odds
The Flames (-150) are tabbed as the favorites over the Blackhawks (+130), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-130 for the over, +110 for the under).
Calgary is 30-29 straight-up (SU) and has lost 6.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a regression from the 50-32 record that the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 59 regular season matches, 28 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while another 28 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 13-14 SU at home this season.
The Flames have converted on 20.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.
With a .910 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, David Rittich (22-20-5) has been the top option in goal for the Flames this season. If head coach Geoff Ward decides to give him the night off, however, the team may roll with Cam Talbot (8-12-12 record, .924 save percentage, 2.57 goals against average).
Chicago has lost 1.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 25-32 straight up (SU). A total of 29 of its contests have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team, the Blackhawks are 13-16 SU so far.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.
Robin Lehner (31.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Lehner has 15 wins, 16 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, while registering a .921 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average this year.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames Betting Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
- The Blackhawks are 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Flames are 6-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these teams, the over has hit in four of their past five games.
- The majority (68.0 percent) of Chicago’s wins have come by two or more goals and the team is 17-19 overall in games decided by at least two scores. 13 of Calgary’s wins (43.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
- Chicago skaters have given out the 10th-most hits in the league (23.0 per game), but the team’s recorded just 14.0 hits over their last five away games.