NHL Pick: Value on Flames' Money Line vs. Leafs

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

Are you searching for a live money line underdog in the NHL tonight? Well look no farther because we have one in the game between Calgary and Toronto. Read our insightful NHL betting preview on this contest to find out why.

Flames at the Air Canada Centre
The Maple Leafs entertains the Flames on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the opening puck drop slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at 5Dimes, Toronto is a -135 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. This will be the first meeting of the season between these teams. Toronto won both of their games versus Calgary a season ago.

 

Proving to be a Upstart Club
The Calgary Flames went 16-10 against the money line over their final 26-games of the 2013-2014 NHL campaign. They’re continuing to prove that finish was no fluke by starting this season 17-11 against the money line. They’re coming off a 3-2 home loss on Saturday versus their Pacific Division rival the San Jose Sharks, and that defeat snapped a 4-game winning streak. Calgary is 12-2 during the last 2-seasons following a home 1-goal loss versus an opponent from within their same division. The Flames enter tonight having gone 12-5 versus the money line over their last 17-games. They’ve been on a torrid offensive roll by scoring 4-goals or more in 10 of the last 17, and 3-goals or more in 12 of those previous 17-games.

 

Go Leafs Go
The Toronto Maple Leafs is coming off a 5-2 home win on Saturday night over the Canucks.They enter tonight having won 3 of the last 4, and 5 of their last 7-games. High scoring games have been a regular occurrence during the past few weeks for the Leafs. Toronto has seen their last 5, 8 of the last 9, and 12 of their last 14-games go over the total. They’ve averaged a robust 4.4 goals per game over their last 7-contests. The bad news is that they’ve also allowed an average of 3.8 goals per game during their last 9-outings.

 

Final Analysis
The Calgary Flames have been an ATM machine on the road for NHL bettors so far in the 2014-2015 campaign. They’ve gone 9-5 against the money line on the road and earned 8.0 units in the process of doing so. Putting that into perspective, by placing a $200 money line wager on the Flames in each of their 14-games on the road this season, you would’ve seen a profit of $1600 so far. I alluded to earlier that Calgary is coming off a loss in their previous game. The Flames have gone a terrific 9-1 following a loss this season, and have won those contests by a decisive average of 1.9 goals per game. They will be facing a Toronto team tonight that allows an average of 33.3 shots on goal per game. The Flames have gone 9-2 this season versus opponents that allow an average of 29.5 or more shots on goal. If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m going with the road underdog in this game for one of my NHL picks today.

Free NHL Pick: Calgary +125 over Toronto at SportsInteraction