The Battle of Alberta will unfurl yet another fascinating chapter on Monday night as the Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers. With both teams so close in the standings, and both Calgary and Edmonton jostling for positioning in the competitive Pacific division, Monday night’s game has all the makings of a crucial encounter.
Calgary enters continuing their run of impressive play. Coming off of a thrilling home win over top-ranked Colorado on Saturday evening, the Flames are red-hot and gunning for the top spot and home-ice in the Pacific. Johnny Gaudreau is in the midst of a remarkable season, their defense is as steady as it gets, and Jacob Markstrom has emerged as one of the best goalies in the NHL.
For Edmonton, the honeymoon phase has already seemed to have ended with head coach Jay Woodcroft behind the bench. After a brief surge, the Oilers are falling into the same trap once again. They’re loose defensively and porous in goal, and after a home-ice shelling to the lowly Canadiens on Saturday evening, Edmonton is yet again on the verge of missing the post-season. While Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl continue to pace the offense, the Oilers will need much more help down the stretch.
Can Edmonton shake off their recent woes and continue their playoff push? Or will their southern Alberta rivals once again push them down the Pacific standings? For answers and added insight on this crucial showdown, as well as betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to secure another NHL winner.
— Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) March 6, 2022
Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers Live Odds & Betting History
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Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Prediction:
The Saddledome should be bumping Monday night, with the Flames playing their best hockey in years. Add in the fact that Calgary looks slated to further push their main rivals down the standings and pile onto their misery, and this has all the makings of a big night in southern Alberta.
Calgary will need to take care of business though, but given their recent run of play, this team enters as one of the league’s best. The Flames are yes, on fire, securing a 13-1-1 mark since January 28th, and top-5 in the NHL in virtually every chance and shooting metric. They’re tilting the ice at 5-on-5 play, and their top trio of Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, and Johnny Gaudreau have emerged as one of the NHL’s best top lines. Expect Jacob Markstrom to return to the net on Monday night, and the big Swede has delivered this season. He’s got a .925 save percentage on the year, boasting 10.6 goals saved above expected. Markstrom is firmly in the Vezina hunt, and another big outing on Monday would only add to the impressive resume.
Edmonton meanwhile is trending in the opposite direction, sitting at 2-4-1 across their past seven games. Beyond their top line right now, the scoring is virtually non-existent. Big ticket UFA Zach Hyman has seen his production dry up dramatically, and with injuries taking their toll, Edmonton’s depth is suddenly in question. Expect the Oilers to again be without key forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi up front, while Tyson Barrie is absent along the blue-line. Expect Mikko Koskinen to fill in for Mike Smith Monday night, and the big Finn has been better of late, following a slow start to the regular season. Whether or not Koskinen can stymie Calgary’s lethal offensive attack remains to be seen though.
Coach Woodcroft notes that a non-COVID illness kept Mike Smith off the ice for today's practice & that Stuart Skinner will be recalled from the @Condors & join the #Oilers in Calgary tomorrow to back up Koskinen. pic.twitter.com/K99oiz89o5
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 6, 2022
Flames vs. Oilers Trends To Know:
- Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 overall.
- Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog.
- Oilers are 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog.
- Flames are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games.
- Flames are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Flames are 9-1 in their last 10 games as a home favorite.
- Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary.
- Favorite is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings.
- Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The trends significantly tilt this latest chapter of the Battle of Alberta toward the Flames, and though the standings might be tight, the gap between these two squads right now is not. At home, the Flames should roll Edmonton’s depleted lineup – further enhancing their hold atop the NHL’s Pacific Division. It’s a steep favourite price, but the value play is on Calgary for Monday night.