Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames Matchup Preview

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The Scotiabank Saddledome will play host to an East-West tilt as the Calgary Flames welcome the visiting Detroit Red Wings. The puck drops at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, and fans at home can witness it live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames Odds

Calgary (+145) is entering this one as the underdog to Calgary (-165), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-125 under, +105 over). Calgary is 8-7 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 45-37 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 15 games this season, seven have gone over the total, while another seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 4-5 SU at home thus far. The Flames have converted on 17.0 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 27th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 76.4 percent of all penalties. The Flames, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.1 times per game this season. Last year, they posted the second-worst mark in the league with 4.5 penalties per game. After serving an average of 11.5 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for only 8.9 minutes per matchup this season. With a .923 save percentage and 30.0 saves per game, Mike Smith (eight wins, six losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for Calgary this season. If the Flames choose to give him the evening off, however, the team may go with the winless Eddie Lack (0-2-2 record, .853 save percentage, 4.17 goals against average). Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will each lead the offensive attack for the Flames. Gaudreau (19 points) has tallied four goals and 15 assists and has recorded multiple points five times this year. Monahan has eight goals and six assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 10 games. On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 8-8 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.6 units this season. Through 16 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The Red Wings are 6-5 SU as the away team this season. The Red Wings have converted on 18.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked seventh overall and it’s successfully defended 83.6 percent of all penalties. Detroit’s skaters have been penalized 4.4 times per game this season, and 3.4 per game over their past five outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Jimmy Howard (29.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Detroit. Howard has six wins and six losses to his credit, and has registered a .927 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average this year. For the visiting Red Wings, the offense will be facilitated through Dylan Larkin (two goals, 12 assists) and Anthony Mantha (seven goals, six assists).

Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over

Betting Trends:

  • Detroit is 2-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 2-0 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Calgary’s last five outings.
  • Four of Calgary’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-3 overall in those games.