NHL Picks for Cancucks vs. Flames

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, December 29, 2013 4:48 PM GMT

The Flames host the Canucks on Sunday at the Scotiabank Saddledome with the opening faceoff slated for 8:05 PM ET. Find out where we believe the best value lies.
According to NHL betting odds the Canucks are a -140 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Canucks have defeated the Flames in 5 of their last 6 meetings. These two teams have seen just 2 of their last 13 meetings in Calgary stay under the total. The Canucks are currently 4th in the Pacific Division, and 6th overall in the Western Conference. The Flames are currently 6th in the Pacific Division, and 13th overall in the Western Conference.
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On the Move
 
The Vancouver Canucks have rebounded nicely from a shaky start to the season. They’ve won 9 of their last 11-games to catapult themselves up the Western Conference standings. The Canucks enter tonight not having played since last Sunday’s 2-1 win at home versus the Winnipeg Jets. Eddie Lack made his 2nd consecutive start in goal for the Canucks. The 25-year old rookie has now won 4 starts in a row, posting a 1.25 GAA, a .952 save percentage, and recorded his first career shutout. Lack is expected to be in goal tonight again as Roberto Luongo remains sidelined by an injury. Vancouver has seen just 1 of their last 11-games go over the total.
 
Inside the Canucks Numbers
 
·       The Canucks are 23-8 in their last 31-games versus opponents with a losing record, including 14-3 this season.
·       The Canucks are just 2-7 in their last 9-games when playing on 3 or more days of rest.
·       The Canucks have gone over the total in just 17 of their last 65-games overall.
·       The Canucks haven’t gone over the total in any of their last 5 road games.
·       Vancouver has gone under the total in 14 of 17-games this season versus opponents that average 29.5 or more shots on goal per game.
 
Get out of this Funk
 
The Calgary Flames enter tonight’s game having lost 5 of their last 6-games. This will be their 3rd in their current 5-game in 12-day home stand, in which they’re currently 1-1. Home ice hasn’t been exactly kind to the Flames this season as they’re just 7-11 versus the money line at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames have allowed 2-goals or less during regulation time in 10 of their last 13-games. The Flames rookie goaltender Reto Berra has been outstanding in his last 5-starts with a 1.79 GAA. Berra has started the last 2-games for the Flames, but tonight it will be Karri Ramo who gets the call versus Vancouver.
 
Inside the Flames Numbers
 
·       The Flames are a dismal 17-37 in their last 54-games versus an opponent with a winning record, including 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
·       The Flames are just 4-10 in their last 14 home games overall.
·       The Flames have gone under the total in 10 of their last 13-games overall.
 
NHL Totals Betting System
 
Any road team with a total of 5.5 that’s seen their last 3-games all go under the total, and their allowing 2.4 or less goals per game, has seen 54 of those 80-games (67.5%) go under the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year. Place your bet on the Under for your NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Vancouver/Calgary to go under the total of 5.5