What. A. Run. The Flames have now won nine consecutive games after Brian Elliott’s second straight shutout and they’ll look to extend their streak to double digits this evening when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins – who’ve won five straight games themselves. For the doubters, Calgary won the away half of the season series with the Pens in Pittsburgh a month ago and the Flames have actually beaten the defending Stanley Cup champs three times in a row.
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- The Flames are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games as underdog.
- The Penguins are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road after winning their 2 most recent road games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Penguins’ last 7 games on the road.
Another reason to put your faith in the Flames tonight is the poor health of the Penguins. They’ll be missing seven of their regulars, three at the back end, while Calgary’s roster is completely intact and absolutely clicking.
One of the biggest reasons for the Flames’ surge up the standings is their starting goalie, Brian Elliott, remembering how to play hockey. Before the all-star break, the 31-year-old Newmarket, Ontario native had a horrendous .892 save percentage in 22 starts but has turned things around since then, posting a .937 save percentage and a 1.86 goals-against average in his last 14 appearances in the Calgary net.
Very little has changed in the other key indicator stats for the Flames so this run really comes down to how well Elliott is playing right now and maybe a little to do with the team finally adapting to Glen Gulutzan’s tactics. The Flames will be offering decent value tonight and could even close as a home dog. You know what to do.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting Pittsburgh Penguins opened as -115 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds – Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
Odds – Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.4-2.4 win for the Flames on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Calgary Flames Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 43-16-8 this season, while the Flames are 38-26-4. Pittsburgh is 40-23-4 on the totals; Calgary is 27-33-8. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Calgary vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds – Shark, it’s the No. 10-ranked Calgary Flames and the No. 5-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this matchup.
Offensively, the game matches up the Calgary Flames No. 17-ranked offense (2.75 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.78 goals per game allowed. The Flames powerplay has clicked at a 20% rate while the Penguins have a 80.45% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-0 winner as they battled the Canucks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -163 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Calgary was a 3-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Jets. They won as +109 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games on the road
- Calgary is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
- Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Calgary is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Wednesday, March 15th
Calgary home to Boston, Wednesday, March 15th