Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams that’ve served more than 20 penalty minutes combined a game, the Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers face off at the BB&T Center for a cross-continent tilt. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 12, and it will be televised live on Sportsnet Flames.

Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers Odds

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Calgary is 23-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team in 2017-18, the Flames are 11-9 SU.

Calgary has converted on 17.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Flames have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 5.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays 12.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

With a .922 save percentage and 28.8 saves per game, Mike Smith (20-17-3) has been the best option in goal for Calgary this season. Smith did just play last night, however, so the team could choose to rest him and turn to David Rittich instead (3-2-1 record, .924 save percentage, 2.04 goals against average).

The visiting Flames have relied on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan this year. Gaudreau (51 points) is up to 14 goals and 37 assists, and has recorded two or more points 15 times. Monahan has 20 goals and 20 assists to his credit, and has notched a point in 25 games.

On the other bench, Florida is 18-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 21 of its games have gone over the total, while another 21 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 10-9 SU at home this season.

The Panthers have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all penalties.

Panthers players have been called for penalties 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five match ups. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

James Reimer has denied 28.5 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for the Panthers. Reimer has 12 wins, 17 losses, and five OT losses and has registered a .911 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this year.

Jonathan Huberdeau (16 goals, 27 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the hosts.

Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

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Predictions: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Calgary is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Florida is 2-3 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Florida’s last five outings.
  • Calgary has managed 29.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Florida is averaging 34.8 shots per game over its last five at home.