Canucks vs Flames 02/17/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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The Calgary Flames will be gunning for a third straight win on home ice when they close out a stretch of four meetings with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday as -145 home favorites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Calgary claimed victory in two of three dates with the Canucks in Vancouver over the past week, and has compiled a steady 6-3-0 record in nine outings ahead of Wednesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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The Flames are coming off an impressive performance last time out, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit to eke out a 4-3 overtime victory in Vancouver on Monday night. With the victory as -135 chalk at sports betting sites the team has now topped the Canucks in four of five matchups this season, including a pair of wins by multi-goal margins. Perhaps more importantly, Monday’s win marked a solid rebound for the Flames after being dominated by Vancouver in a 3-1 loss two nights earlier.
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has played an enormous role in the Flames’ recent surge. The 30-year-old Swede has stood tall between the pipes through the first three games of this extended series with Vancouver, stopping 106 of the 112 total shots he has faced, including a magnificent 43-save performance in Saturday’s losing effort.
With Markstrom slamming the door on his former teammates, the Flames have allowed just seven total goals through their three recent dates with Vancouver. That has powered a 5-2 run for the UNDER in totals betting. However, the UNDER has gone just 3-3 in Calgary’s six home dates this season, and in the team’s past six home dates with the Canucks.
Now looking to regain the momentum they briefly built with Saturday’s victory, the Canucks travel to Calgary as +125 underdogs. It is quickly becoming a lost season for the Canucks, who have now lost seven of eight going into Wednesday’s action. And when Vancouver loses, the team has tended to lose big. The club has been outscored by a wide 34-17 margin during a current 1-6-1 run, with Tuesday’s defeat marking their first loss of the season by just a single goal.
The Canucks’ fast start on Tuesday is a hopeful sign, marking the first time in five games that they found the back of the net in the first period. It also marked the second time in nine games they have scored multiple goals in the opening frame.
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