Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Calgary Flames, spearheaded by Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, are set to take the ice against Rickard Rakell, Ryan Getzlaf, the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in a Pacific Division matchup. The opening face-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 7, and it will be broadcasted live on Sportsnet West.

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks Odds

Calgary is 9-6 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 15 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. This 2018-19 Flames team is 5-3 SU on the road.

Calgary has converted on just 15.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 26th out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off only 72.9 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 23.0 saves per game with a .871 save percentage, Mike Smith (5-5-1) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary this season. If head coach Bill Peters chooses to rest him, however, Calgary may turn to David Rittich (4-3), who has a .927 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average this year.

On the other side of the rink, Anaheim is 6-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 16 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 3-5 SU as the home team thus far.

The Ducks have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.

John Gibson has stopped 33.0 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Ducks. Gibson has five wins, eight losses, and three overtime losses and has registered a 2.41 goals against average and a .933 save percentage this season.

Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Picks

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

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone under in three of Anaheim’s last five games.
  • After averaging the fifth-most shots in the league last season (33.6 per game), Calgary’s attempted 32.5 shots per game overall this season, and 30.4 in its last five road games.
  • Six of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
  • Calgary skaters notched 20.0 hits per game last season, while the Ducks forced 24.2 hits per contest.