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The Calgary Flames kick off a three-game Eastern road trip on Monday when they visit the Montreal Canadiens in a clash pegged as a pick’em on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary hits the road after eking out a narrow 4-3 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, extending its current win streak to five games going into Monday night’s matchup at the Bell Centre.
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Saturday’s win over the Oilers as -145 home favourites at online sports betting sites extended a trend that has seen Calgary claim victory by just a single goal in each of its past five contests. The club’s current surge has featured a pair of victories on the road, in Minnesota and Chicago. Overall, the Flames have picked up the win in three straight games away from Scotiabank Saddledome, and have rebounded from their early-season struggles on the road, going 8-1-1 over their past 10 such outings.
While the Flames’ current surge has lifted them into the thick of the Pacific Division race, they continue to lag on the NHL futures. In addition to sitting fourth on the odds to win the Pacific Division crown, at +450, Calgary also sits well behind the favourites at +1500 on the odds to win the Western Conference.
The Flames will have ample opportunity to make gains, both in the standings and at the sportsbooks, during their upcoming road trip, which also features a date with the Ottawa Senators on the weekend. On Monday, Calgary visits a struggling Canadiens squad that finally snapped an eight-game losing streak with Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win in Ottawa as a -145 wager.
The Canadiens’ slide marked the second time in less than two months that the team had lost eight in a row. The Montreal offence has been silent during the team’s swoon, averaging fewer than two goals per game over their past seven contests, fueling a 6-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting.
Montreal has also turned in poor results on home ice, losing five straight while scoring just eight total goals, and 12 of 14 overall since mid-November. However, the Canadiens have taken two of its last three from Calgary on home ice, capped by a narrow 3-2 win in the Flames’ last visit in October 2018.