Flyers vs. Flames Betting Odds, Prediction, Preview: Total Has Value in Tuesday Matchup
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- Updated Flyers vs. Flames odds list Calgary as a short road favorite of -120 at DraftKings, while some other books have dipped to -115 over the course of the day Tuesday.
- The total remains steady at 5.5, and that's the angle we're playing in this game.
- Get our full Flames vs. Flyers pick and preview below.
Flyers vs. Flames Odds
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Calgary comes into the matchup in third place in the Pacific Division with a record of 8-3-4. The Flames have found most of their success on the road this season, having won six of their nine road matchups.
Meanwhile, the Flyers return home after a short two-game road trip in which they went 1-1. They still finds themselves in fifth in the Metropolitan, mostly because they have not found much consistency in November.
Low-scoring affairs have been the trend for the Flyers this month, and the Flames have found themselves in some low-scoring battles recently as well. Will that remain the case on Tuesday night?
Flames Have Few Holes
The Calgary Flames have found a lot of success during the first month of the season, generating a total of 20 points, which is tied for eighth most in the NHL.
A large part of that has been due to the defense and goaltending, two units that have held their opponents to just 2.13 goals per game and 1.35 goals per 60 minutes.
Calgary is also only allowing 28.8 shots on goal per game this season and has been excellent on the penalty kill with an 85.7% kill rate. This is clearly a team that does not have many holes.
Offensively, the Flames have been just as good, ranking eighth in xGF/60 with 2.50 and scoring and average of 3.2 goals per game . However, the Flames have found themselves in low-scoring contests recently. They are averaging just two goals per game over their last four contests, a number that is lower than their typical season averages and draws some concern.
After not making an appearance in their last two games, it appears that Jacob Markstrom will get the start in net. Markstrom has been great this year, especially in 5-on-5 situations, as he has an SV % of .955 and 6.1 Goals Saved Above Expected.
Flyers Struggle With Consistency
Philadelphia has been playing better hockey this season when compared to last season, but this is a team that has struggled to find any consistency recently.
The Flyers are 4-3-1 in their last eight games, and in that span they have been able to register back-to-back wins. A large part of that is because of their scoring struggles, as this is a unit that has averaged just 1.63 goals per game in their last eight matchups.
This offense has been average all season, and turning things around against Calgary will likely be a tall task despite being back in front of the home crowd.
Philly has been a little better on defense, giving up just 20 goals in 5-on-5 situations and 1.97 goals per 60 minutes. Carter Hart is a big reason for that success, as in 5-on-5 situations he has an SV % of .948. Hart is also ranked in the top five in Goals Saved Above Expected with 9.6, proving that he has been a great anchor for Philadelphia.
Flyers vs. Flames Pick
The Flyers' offense has struggled recently, and I don't forecast them flipping the switch against Calgary.
The Flames have been a little bit better when compared to the Flyers, but only scoring more than two goals in three of their last four games is something that should be taken into consideration.
We have two offenses that have underachieved recently, two great goaltenders in Markstrom and Hart expected to start, and the under is 8-7 in Flames games and 8-5 for the Flyers.
The first meeting between the Flames and Flyers this season ended with a total of four goals, and I think recent trends are pointing towards another low total in this one.
Pick: Total under 5.5 (-110)