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Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Matchup Preview 3/13/18

Two teams facing each other for the fourth time this season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames clash at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a divisional showdown. RSN will showcase the matchup, and the action gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Odds

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

Calgary is 34-36 straight up (SU) and has recorded -9.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 45-37 record that the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 70 regular season contests, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while an additional 34 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 14-20 SU at home this year.

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

As a team, the Flames have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five outings, in total.

Averaging 28.8 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Mike Smith (24-24-6) has been the best option in goal for the Flames this year. If head coach Glen Gulutzan decides to rest him, however, Calgary could go with David Rittich (9-9-9 record, .908 save percentage, 2.83 goals against average).

The Flames will continue to look for offensive production from Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Gaudreau (79 points) has tallied 21 goals and 58 assists and has recorded multiple points in 21 different games this year. Monahan has 30 goals and 31 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 39 contests.

Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 30-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 33 of its matches have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Oilers are 14-19 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Oilers have converted on just 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, 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 past ten outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (27.4 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Edmonton. Talbot has 26 wins, 29 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .906 save percentage and 3.03 goals against average this year.

Connor McDavid (33 goals, 51 assists) has been one of the top facilitators on offense for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under


Betting Notes

Two of Edmonton’s last ten games have ended in 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.

Two teams that force a lot of shots on goal, Edmonton has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (33.9) while Calgary has attempted the seventh-most (33.6).

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 skaters have accounted for the most hits in the league (27.4 per game), but that number’s down to just 23.4 hits over their last five away games.


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