The Calgary Flames and Vegas Golden Knights are at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday night. There should be a healthy amount of Flames’ fans in attendance for this one in Vegas. Their team has a first-place team in the Pacific Division.
The Flames are going into tonight with a record of 15-4-5 and 35 points. They hold a three-point advantage over their Albertan rivals, the Edmonton Oilers. I know how good Connor McDavid has played this season, and he deserves attention.
? DeBoer: This is a great test for us right now. We call this a man's game within our group. There's going to be nowhere to hide. There's no room out there tonight. You're going to have to physically be involved against a team like this to have success. pic.twitter.com/YuFrMkd0nm
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 5, 2021
That being said, it might be time for the Flames to get some attention now. Flames’ fans have to be holding their breath. It’s nice to be playing solid hockey now, but it won’t matter if the Flames collapse later in 2022.
As a Maple Leafs’ fan, I suppose I’m just somebody who has learned to become cautiously optimistic. There isn’t much to feel too confident about with the Vegas Golden Knights at the moment. They are still battling injuries and have to fight through it to stay afloat before key players return.
One of those players could be back at T-Mobile Arena this evening. William Karlsson is a game-time decision and listed as probable. The playmaker has played in only eight games this year. He didn’t look right during that stretch. Vegas is also patiently awaiting Jack Eichel’s debut.
? @jackeichel SKATING ?
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— NHL (@NHL) December 2, 2021
Eichel was traded to the Golden Knights a month ago and is continuing his rehab in Las Vegas. His timetable to a return appears head of schedule, as Eichel was recently on skates. The current timetable for Eichel is a return in late December.
Vegas is 13-10-0 with 26 points, but when they’re healthy with Eichel back in the lineup, this could be a dangerous team in the second-half. As it stands, the Golden Knights are at 26 points with a 9-point deficit behind the Flames in the Pacific. Head below for our free Flames vs. Golden Knights pick on December 5, 2021.
Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Calgary Flames||+1.5 (-225)||+114||Over 5.5 (-113)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||-1.5 (+195)||-126||Under 5.5 (+103)|
|Team Data||Calgary Flames||Vegas Golden Knights|
|Goals Per Game||3.21||3.35|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.0||3.09|
|Shots Per Game||34.42||33.0|
|Shots Against Per Game||29.71||33.13|
Flames vs. Golden Knights Prediction:
Despite injuries to their forwards, the Golden Knights have been efficient offensively. Vegas is sixth in the NHL with 3.35 goals per game.
There aren’t a lot of teams in the NHL that can afford to miss some of the players that the Knights have and still score consistently.
That’s all head coach Peter DeBoer was looking for when the injuries began to pile up. Play well and remain in a position where they can strike when they’re healthy in the second-half. The offense has been on fire most recently.
In their previous ten attempts, the Golden Knights have netted an average of 4.1 goals per game. They are coming off a 7-goal explosion in a 7-1 versus the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.
This followed a 6-5 loss to the Anaheim Ducks a couple of days earlier. Vegas has scored at least 5 goals in three of their last four outings.
Scoring hasn’t been their problem, but cleaning up the defensive zone could be improved. Improved back checking has to be there for the Knights in the second-half.
Calgary Flames vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Trends:
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games as an underdog
- 7-1 overall in their previous eight games
- 5-1 in their previous six games as an underdog
- 8-3 overall in their previous 11 games versus a team with a winning record
- OVER is 14-5-1 in their previous 20 games versus the Pacific Division
- 8-3 overall in their previous 11 games versus the Western Conference
- 49-21 overall in their previous 70 games at T-Mobile Arena
- 11-1 overall in their previous 12 games on one-day rest
- OVER is 7-1 in their previous eight games versus the Pacific Division
- OVER is 8-2 in their previous ten games as a favorite
Robin Lehner needs more support from his team. Could he be better? There’s room for improvement, but he isn’t being offered the most support.
Lehner goes into tonight with a 3.08 GAA and 0.909 save percentage through 18 games. The Golden Knights are 24th with 33.1 shots against per game, and 21st with 3.1 goals against per game.
They’re allowing 3 goals a game at home in Las Vegas, so there hasn’t been much improvement at T-Mobile Arena. In their last ten outings, Vegas has conceded 3.1 goals per game.
This is setting up to be an entertaining contest at T-Mobile Arena. I’m looking forward to this matchup the most on the Sunday slate in the NHL. I can see a 4-2 or 4-3 final score to go OVER the total.