Canadiens vs Flames 03/13/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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The Calgary Flames will try to stay perfect with new head coach Darryl Sutter behind the bench when they wrap up a two-game home series with the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday as slim -105 home underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary welcomed Sutter back for his second tour of duty with the team by knocking off Montreal 2-1 in Thursday’s series opener, evening their middling record on the season at 12-12-3 going into Saturday night’s game at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Canadiens vs Flames | OddsShark Matchup Report
Losers in nine of their previous 13 outings, the Flames rose to the occasion for their new bench boss with a solid defensive performance in Thursday’s victory. The team limited the Canadiens to just 18 shots on goal on the night, which marks the lowest number of shots they have surrendered in a single game since March 2019.
That victory also extended a steady stretch on home ice, where the Flames have picked up a pair of wins while earning at least a point in each of their past three games. However, Calgary still has plenty of work to do to climb back into the playoff picture as the team continues a crucial five-game homestand. The Flames enter Saturday’s action still trailing in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division, sitting four points back of the Canadiens who also hold a game in hand.
Despite coming off their weakest offensive performance in four years, the Canadiens look to Saturday night’s matchup as -115 favorites at online betting sites. Overall, Montreal has turned in mixed results since Dominique Ducharme seized the reins as interim head coach. The team has claimed victory in just three of eight outings with Ducharme behind the bench, and has potted just a single goal in three of its past four defeats.
The Canadiens have also failed to capitalize on opportunities to slam the door on opponents on the road, posting just one win in seven dates away from Bell Centre, with four of those defeats coming in overtime or the shootout.
All but one of the recent road losses have come while the Canadiens have been pegged as betting chalk. And overall Montreal has averaged just 2.33 goals over its past nine away dates, sparking a 6-2-1 run for the UNDER in totals betting. That trend extends to recent dates with the Flames. Canadiens shooters have just one total goal while losing two straight to Calgary, and a mere seven total goals over the past four meetings between these teams.
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