Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Matchup Preview 3/23/19

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The Calgary Flames, led by Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm, are preparing to take the ice against Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in a divisional showdown. The match will get started at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23 and it’s being shown live on CBC Sports.

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds

The Flames (-175) are currently the favorite over the Canucks (+155) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under).

Calgary is 46-28 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 10.3 units this season. Through 74 regular season outings, 38 of its games have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Flames team is 21-16 SU on the road.

Calgary has converted on 20.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 24.9 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, David Rittich (27-15-5) has been the top option in goal for Calgary this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, the team could turn to Mike Smith (21-16-2), who has a .897 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this year.

Vancouver is only 32-42 straight up (SU), but has earned 2.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 40 of its matches have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 17-18 SU at home this year.

The Canucks have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all penalties.

Jacob Markstrom (28.8 saves per game) has been the top selection in the crease for the Canucks. Markstrom has 27 wins, 29 losses, and nine overtime losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 2.73 goals against average and a .913 save percentage this season.

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Two of the Canucks’ last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 4-5 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in four of Vancouver’s last five games.
  • Eight of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.
  • Calgary skaters created 20.0 hits per game last season, while the Nucks posted 21.3 hits per contest.