Flames vs. Ducks NHL Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Troy Terry #19 of the Anaheim Ducks. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP.

The Calgary Flames play the second of a back-to-back Friday but didn’t have to travel as they visit the Anaheim Ducks. Which way to lean at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks

Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks 

Friday, December 03, 2021 – 10:00 PM EST at Honda Center 

Friday is the second of four regular-season meetings between the Flames and Ducks, although it’s very possible they meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs because they are in the same Pacific Division. To make the playoffs, Calgary is -1000 on the NHL futures odds and Anaheim +150. 

I could easily see Calgary finishing second in the Pacific and Anaheim third (where it currently is). The Flames might be good enough to win the Pacific, but Edmonton is the +125 favorite at BMR’s top-rated books and it should be. 

Calgary hosted Anaheim back on Oct. 18 and the Ducks ruined the Flames’ home opener in a 3-2 overtime victory. James Drysdale had the winner at 3:26 of OT. Rickard Rickell had tied it 2-2 at 12:55 of the third. Anaheim’s John Gibson was the No. 1 star with 41 saves. Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots in a losing effort. 

While that first meeting was in Canada, to say Anaheim has dominated this series at home is a bit of an understatement as the Flames are just 3-32 in their past 35 there on the NHL picks.  

Matthew Tkachuk #19 of the Calgary Flames. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP.

Flames on 4-Game Road Win Streak 

Calgary won its second straight game and sixth in the past seven on Friday, 3-2 in Los Angeles … thus they won’t have to travel but by bus for tonight’s game in Anaheim. The Flames went 2-for-4 on the power play Friday and killed off all the Kings’ PP chances. That’s how you win in the NHL. 

Andre Mangiapane had his 16th goal of the season, Matthew Tkachuk his 11th, and Milan Lucic his 7th. The Flames have a top 10 offense in averaging 3.22 goals per game and are 5th on the power play at 26.2 percent and fifth on the penalty kill at 87.3 percent. Calgary has scored first in 18 of 23 games.  

Defensively, Calgary is No. 1 in goals-against average at 1.96 thanks to Vezina Trophy NHL betting favorite Jacob Markstrom, who stopped 40 of 42 shots. However, because this is the second of a back-to-back, it will be back up Dan Vladar in net Friday. He has been great, too, going 4-0-1 with a 1.57 GAA. The Flames have allowed two or fewer goals in 9 of their last 10 games. 

Calgary is 5-1 on the NHL picks in its past six in the second of a back-to-back. 

Ducks May Not Have Getzlaf 

At 13-8-3, the Ducks continue to surprise after being one of the NHL’s worst teams last season as they are largely riding goaltender John Gibson and center Troy Terry to success. 

Anaheim comes off a 6-5 home win over Vegas on Wednesday. That game was nuts with 6 goals scored in the second period and 5 more in the third. The Knights had 2 short-handed goals and 2 on the power play – you aren’t supposed to lose when you do that. The Ducks also had a short-handed goal, which proved to be the game-winner at 18:56 of the third by Isac Lundestrom on an empty net. Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano each had 3 assists. 

Terry had a goal on Wednesday and leads the team with 15 of them along with 25 points. Terry had just 15 total goals in his previous three seasons combined in more than 125 games. There is no Most Improved Player Award in the NHL, but he would get it if there was one.  

Center Ryan Getzlaf missed Wednesday’s game with a lower-body injury and if he’s out longer-term, that would be crushing as the 36-year-old center is having a career resurgence with 20 points. A lot of Terry’s goals have come via Getzlaf, who is being called day-to-day for now. Fellow forwards Maxime Comtois and Max Jones remain on injured reserve. Neither will be back soon.  

Gibson got a rare night off on Wednesday but should be back in there for this one. He is 10-6-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. At home, he is 6-3-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .934 SV. 

The Ducks are 8-2 on the NHL odds in their past 10 at home. Calgary is the better team but playing its second game in 24 hours and with a backup in net. The value is on the home side.  

NHL Pick: Ducks (+115) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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NHL Pick: Under 5.5 Goals (-101) at BetOnline

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