Philadelphia Flyers vs. Calgary Flames Pick – NHL October 30, 2021

The Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames are scheduled to meet at the Saddledome on Saturday night. This should be a good one between two teams that have started off this season playing sharp hockey.

The Flyers are 4-1-1 on the season following a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. It was the second game of this trip out west in Canada. The first was a huge success as well.

The Edmonton Oilers were on fire, but they weren’t intimidated and gave them their first loss of the season. Cam Atkinson led the Oilers with 2 goals, while Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux chipped in with a goal each.

Instead of a letdown, the Flyers won a different type of game, as their defense and Martin Jones showed up well with 28 saves on 27 shots. The Flyers are a good team no doubt.

However, they’re trying to prove that they’re better than a second-tier team in the NHL. I have them behind teams like the Capitals and Lightning, but they may not be that far off.

Carter Hart and Jones combining for a nice 1-2 punch between the pipes would give the Flyers a big lift. The verdict is still out on Hart, but Jones has been strong through two games.

Hart is scheduled to get the call in the crease for the Flyers tonight. If he finds his 2019-20 form, then good news, the Flyers are going to be in business. The Flames have had a hot goaltender in their net.

Jacob Markstrom has looked better than we’ve seen before. Whether he can keep this going is going to be interesting. It’s hard to see him sustaining this push, but the Flames are 5-1-1 in large part because of his effort.

The Flames are coming off a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bad performance for the Penguins’ offense? No, they just ran into a wall in Markstrom. He shutout the Pens with a 45-save shoutout. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Flames pick on October 30, 2021.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Calgary Flames Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-172) +140 Over 6 (-108)
Calgary Flames -1.5 (+152) -155 Under 6 (-102)
Team Data Philadelphia Flyers Calgary Flames
Overall Record 4-1-1 5-1-1
Puckline Record 4-2 5-2
Away/Home Record 2-0-0 0-1-0
Puckline Away/Home 2-0 0-1
Goals Per Game 4.20 4.60
Goals Against Per Game 2.70 2.10
Shots Per Game 29.70 35.30
Shots Against Per Game 33.20 31.70

Flyers vs. Flames Prediction:

Jacob Markstrom has been standing on his head for the Flames. He’s doing it all on his own, as the defense has left him out to fend for himself at times. Markstrom made 45 saves against the Penguins to bring his GAA to 1.59 with a 0.952 save percentage.

This hasn’t been typical for Markstrom in his career. He’s a 31-year-old with a career GAA of 2.77 and a 0.911 save percentage, so I’m not ready to say that Markstrom is going to stay this hot. Markstrom will hit variance and regress at some point, and the Flyers might be a team to do it tonight.

The Flyers have been playing well offensively with 4.2 goals per game for fifth in the NHL going into the Saddledome. They put in just 2 goals against the Canucks, though it was only the second time this season that the Flyers scored fewer than 4 goals in an outing.

It’s not like the Flames haven’t been giving up shots either. They’re 20th in the league with 31.7 shots against per game. That is better than what the Flyers have done, though, as they’ve conceded 33.2 shots per game for 25th in the NHL. The Flames are third with 35.3 shots on net per game.


Philadelphia Flyers vs. Calgary Flames Betting Trends:

Flyers

  • 8-1 overall in their previous nine games versus the Western Conference
  • 5-2 overall in their previous seven games as an underdog on the road
  • OVER is 5-1-1 in their previous seven games versus the Western Conference
  • OVER is 13-4 in their previous 17 games after a win
  • OVER is 4-2 in their previous six games

Flames

  • 4-0 overall in their previous four games after a win
  • OVER is 5-1-1 in their previous seven games after a win
  • OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games after allowing 2 or fewer goals
  • OVER is 7-2 in their previous nine games when their opponent allows 2 or fewer goals

Carter Hart has been serviceable with a 2.73 GAA and 0.915 save percentage. The 23-year-old is trying to recover after struggling considerably with a 3.67 GAA and 0.877 save percentage last year. Martin Jones has been the better of the two, but the Flyers know that Hart can still contribute if he regains his confidence.

The Flames have been providing netminders with plenty of work this season. As noted above, they’ve averaged 35.3 shots per game for third. They’ve been scoring at an effective clip with 3.6 goals per game, and at least 4 goals in four straight outings for 4.5 goals per game.

This should be an entertaining matchup. Even if you aren’t going to play this game, it’s going to be one worth watching between two teams playing good hockey at the moment. I like this one to get OVER the total, with a final score of 4-3 at the Saddledome in Calgary on Saturday night.

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