Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams squaring off for the first time this season, the Calgary Flames and the expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights face off at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a divisional showdown. The match will get going at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 30, and you’ll be able to catch it live on Sportsnet West.

Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames Odds

Vegas is 32-16 straight up (SU) and has earned 19.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Knights are 13-11 SU as an away team in 2017-18.

Vegas has converted on 19.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Knights have been penalized just 3.3 times per game in the 2017-18 season, 3.0 per game over its past five total, and 3.0 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .942 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (12-6-2) has been the best option in goal for Vegas this year. If it decides to rest him, however, the team might go with Malcolm Subban (12-3-1), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this year.

The visiting Golden Knights have relied on Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson heavily this year. Marchessault (46 points) is up to 17 goals and 29 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 13 different games. Karlsson has 27 goals and 15 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 29 games).

Calgary is 25-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. 27 of its outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the teams 12-14 SU at home.

The Flames have converted on just 17.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark 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 81.0 percent of all penalties.

Flames players have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their last ten match ups. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays a whopping 16.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Mike Smith (29.1 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Flames. Smith has 21 wins, 20 losses, and six OT losses to his name and has recorded a .926 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average this year.

The Flames will be led on offense by Johnny Gaudreau (15 goals, 41 assists).

Vegas Golden Knights at Calgary Flames Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Two of Calgary’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 2-5 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Calgary has averaged 2.8 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 1.5 goals per contest on its four-game losing skid.