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In their fourth head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames face off at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a divisional showdown. The first puck will drop at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, and you can watch the game live on RSN.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Odds

Calgary (-155) is currently favored over Edmonton (+135), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Calgary is 34-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 45-37 record that the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 70 regular season outings, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while another 34 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 14-20 SU at home this year.

The Flames have converted on just 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 25th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.2 percent of all penalties.

The Flames, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their past five contests. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five matchups, in total.

Averaging 28.8 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Mike Smith (24-24-6) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Flames this year. If head coach Glen Gulutzan decides to give him the night off, however, the team might turn to David Rittich (9-9-9 record, .908 save percentage, 2.83 goals against average).

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan will both lead the offensive attack for the Flames. Gaudreau (79 points) has tallied 21 goals and 58 assists and has recorded two or more points on 21 separate occasions this year. Monahan has 30 goals and 31 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 39 games.

On the other side of the ice, Edmonton is 30-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 68 regular season matches, 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the visiting team, the Oilers are 14-19 SU.

The Oilers have converted on just 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, and 3.1 per game over their last ten outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (.906 save percentage and 3.03 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 27.4 saves per game and has 26 wins, 29 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.

For the visiting Oilers, the offense will be facilitated by Connor McDavid, who has 51 assists and 33 goals on the year.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Over Calgary’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 in those games).
  • Edmonton has allowed 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but has brought that figure down to 1.7 per match up over their three-game winning streak.
  • The Oilers are 13-24 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Flames are 14-14 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
  • Two of Edmonton’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-1 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone over in three of Calgary’s last five games.
  • Calgary skaters have averaged 14.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 20th).
  • Edmonton is ranked 31st this season with 12.6 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended upward, as the team’s averaged 15.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 18.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the most hits in the league (27.4 per game), but the team’s averaged just 23.4 hits over their last five away games.