The Calgary Flames will be trying to kick off their season with a win when they face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. The Oilers are coming off a 3-2 win over Vancouver. The Flames finished the 2020 season with a 26-27-3 record.
Edmonton is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Calgary.
Flames Hoping To Make Playoff RunThe Flames finished with the ninth-best record in the Western Conference last season and barely missed out on making the playoffs. They have the core of their team coming back and they’re hoping to play well enough to secure a playoff berth this season.
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Calgary averaged 2.72 goals per game last season. They also struggled on special teams, converting only 18.3 percent of their Power Play opportunities.
Johnny Gaudreau led Calgary with 49 points, scoring 19 goals with 30 assists. Elias Lindholm had 47 points, with 19 goals and 28 assists, while Matthew Tkachuk had 43 points on 16 goals and 27 assists.
Calgary did a better job defensively, giving up 2.81 goals per game. They will need their defense to keep the Oilers offense in check if they want to win this game.
Oilers Going For Second Consecutive WinThe Oilers got off to a good start, picking up a win over Vancouver in their opener. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Flames, which will give them their second win in a row.
Edmonton played well offensively in their first game, scoring three goals. Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman scored a goal apiece for Edmonton, while Connor McDavid picked up two assists.
Edmonton also looked good defensively in their first game, giving up two goals. Mike Smith made 36 stops and had a .947 save percentage in the win. They will need another solid performance from him and their defenders if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Flames had one of the worst offenses in the league last season and the team didn’t do anything to upgrade their offense in the offseason, so expect the same level of play this season. They are facing an Oilers team that looked good defensively and on special teams, so expect them to have a hard time scoring in this game. Even though they scored only two goals in their last game, the Oilers had one of the best offenses in the league last season, led by McDavid, who didn’t score in their season opener. Expect a bounce-back performance from him and his teammates as they pick up the win over their rivals.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Flames and Oilers don’t score a lot of goals when they face each other, with the teams scoring 6.2 goals per game in their last 10 games. They scored fewer goals in recent games, averaging 4.75 goals per game in their last four games. They both play well defensively and won’t score enough goals to push the score over the total. The Flames and Oilers played under the total in their last four meetings.