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Flames vs Canucks 02/15/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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The Calgary Flames will be trying to rebound from their performance in Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Vancouver when they close out a three-game road series with the Canucks on Monday night as slim -130 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Once again, goaltender Jacob Markstrom was Calgary’s top performer, making 43 saves in Saturday’s losing effort, which also marked the team’s first loss to Vancouver in five games ahead of Monday night’s matchup at Rogers Arena.
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Saturday’s loss to Vancouver as -135 road chalk at online betting sites marked a step back for the Flames. In addition to surrendering a season-high 46 shots on goal, the team mustered just 19 shots, marking their lowest total in 122 regular season games. That bodes poorly for a Calgary offense that has struggled to find the back of the net all season.
The Flames have managed to re-enter the hunt for a playoff spot in the North Division while winning five of their past eight games. That success has come in spite of an attack that has managed to score more than three goals just twice in their past 11 outings, and averaged just 2.67 goals per game over their past six contests.
The team’s decisive loss to Vancouver also extended a steady stretch of mediocrity on the road that dates back to last season. The Flames have tallied consecutive wins just twice in 11 games away from Scotiabank Saddledome since late February of last year. While that run has done little to boost Calgary in the standings, it has rewarded bettors taking the UNDER on the totals, which has gone 5-2-1 in its games on the road this season.
Complicating matters is the uncertain status of Mikael Backlund. The veteran center provided the team with a much-needed spark a week ago, recording four total points in three previous games before suffering a lower-body injury on Saturday that leaves him questionable for Monday night.
While the Flames are hoping to rebound, the Canucks aim to build on their recent inspired performance as they hit the ice on Monday as +110 underdogs on the NHL betting lines.
With Saturday’s victory, Vancouver snapped a six-game slide that has dumped the team into sixth place in the North Division. The Canucks still have work to do to turn around a moribund offense that had scored just a goal per game over their three previous outings, and just 1.83 goals per game during their 0-6-0 run. However, Vancouver has remained respectable on home ice, winning outright in four of their past five while outscoring opponents by a wide 20-7 margin.
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