Anaheim Ducks vs Calgary Flames NHL Pick – October 18

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout Monday night. Four games are up on the board throughout October 18. One of these matchups will be between the Anaheim Ducks and the Calgary Flames. These two teams will look for a big win early in the season on Monday. This game will drop the puck at around 9:30 PM Eastern time.

Anaheim has earned a record of 1-1-0 to open up this new season, which has them in sixth place of the Pacific division. The Ducks finished last season with a record of 17-30-9, which had them end up in last of the West division. Anaheim will look for some of their young players to step up this season as they try to improve on last season’s disappointing finish.

The Flames have opened up this season with a record of 0-1-0, which has them in last place of the Pacific division early in the season. Calgary is coming off a disappointing campaign last season, going 26-27-3 and missing the postseason in a weaker North division. The Flames will look to turn it around early in this season.

These two teams did not look great throughout last season, but have new hope with the new season. The Ducks opened up the season with a win, but lost their second game on Friday night. Calgary did not open up their season until Saturday night and took a tough loss in the Battle of Alberta. These two teams will look to gain momentum early in this matchup.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Anaheim Ducks +1 ½ (-140) +184 Over 5 ½ (+101)
Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+120) -205 Under 5 ½ (-111)

 

Team Data Anaheim Ducks Calgary Flames
Overall Record 1-1-0 0-1-0
Away/ Home Record 0-0-0 0-0-0
Goals Per Game 2.50 2.00
Goals Per Game Away/ Home
Save Percentage .961 .848
Save Percentage Away/ Home

Betting Trends

Anaheim Ducks

  • 47-82 in last 129 games
  • 17-25 in the first half of the season
  • 9-9 in last 18 games after two or more days of rest
  • 26-51 in last 77 divisional games
  • 14-23 after scoring one goals or less in last matchup

Calgary Flames

  • 67-70 in last 137 games
  • 20-23 in first half of the season
  • 39-42 in last 81 divisional games
  • 31-17 in last 48 games after allowing four or more goals
  • 23-16 in last 39 games after losing by two or more goals

These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. The Ducks and Flames met up three times with Calgary sweeping that season series. The Flames have been the much better team as of late and will look to keep it going in this one. I expect Calgary to control the pace early in this matchup after Saturday’s loss to the Oilers.

Special Teams

The Ducks have been strong on special teams to open up this season. Anaheim has scored on three of their nine power play chances so far, which is a 33.3 percent success rate. The Ducks have also killed off nine of ten penalties against, which is a 90 percent kill rate. Anaheim is 8th in the league on the power play and 9th on the penalty kill.

Calgary had a solid opening night on the power play, but struggled down a man. The Flames scored on one of their four power play attempts, which is a 25 percent power play. Calgary gave up two power play goals on four penalties against, which was a 50 percent penalty kill. The Flames are 16th in the NHL on the power play and 30th on the penalty kill.

These two teams will look to get their special teams going early in this one. Anaheim has drawn and earned a lot of penalties through their first two games. The Flames had some penalties early in this season as well. Both teams will look to stay out of the box to avoid giving the other team the edge on Monday night.

Goaltending Comparison

John Gibson will likely get the start in the crease for Anaheim on Monday night. Gibson played in the season opener against the Winnipeg Jets. He stopped 33 of 34 shots in route to a big win. Gibson went 9-19-7 throughout last season. He posted a .903 save percentage and a GAA of 2.98 to close out last season.

I expect Jacob Markstrom to get the nod in the net for the Flames in this one. Markstrom opened up this season with a loss. He stopped 28 of 32 against the Oilers. Markstrom went 22-19-2 throughout last season. He put up a save percentage of .904 and a 2.66 GAA in those matchups. Markstrom will look to step up after a rough first outing.

These two goalies had opposite opening night performances, but will look to earn a big win in this one. Gibson is questionable entering this matchup after suffering an injury in the opening night win. Markstrom will look for a huge win as they shift back home. If either goalie can control this matchup early, I expect it will be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

This game will be the home opener for Calgary, and I think it will add some extra emotion to the Flames game. Calgary is coming off a loss to their biggest rival, but I think they will bounce back in this one. The Flames should be competitive this season and need to earn wins against teams like the Ducks. If Calgary can jump out to an early lead, they should win this one.

BetOnline has the Flames listed as a -205 against the money line in this one. This implies that Calgary will win this game around 67.2 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but there is very little value in it. The Flames are also listed at -1 ½ for +120, which I think has value. I think Calgary will bounce back after Saturday’s loss with a dominant performance in this one.

The Bet
Calgary Flames -1.5
+120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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