NHL Picks: Flames vs. Canucks

David Schwab

Saturday, April 6, 2013 11:17 AM GMT

The Calgary Flames continue with a three-game road trip in four nights with a stop at the Rogers Centre this Saturday to face the Northeast Division rival Vancouver Canucks.

NHL Game Preview and Pick- Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks 

The game is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NHL Network. Let's evaluate the NHL odds and make some money.

Flames Overview 

The Flames road trip got off to a tough start with a 2-1 loss to San Jose on Friday night as 240 road underdogs. It was their fourth-straight setback to fall to 2-8 in their last 10 games. Calgary is now 13-19-4 on the year and a dismal 3-12-2 on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last seven games. 

Calgary seems content with riding out the string in what has been a disappointing season to say the least. The other week it parted ways with forward Jarome Iginia, who was traded to Pittsburgh and right before the trade deadline defenseman Jay Boumeester was dealt to St. Louis. The Flames have done a decent job finding the back of the net with an average of 2.7 goals a game, but their defense has been nonexistent. Heading into this matchup, it is ranked dead-last in the NHL with a goals-against-average of 3.5. 

Canucks Overview 

Vancouver is holding down the No.3 spot in the Western Conference standings with 46 points but it has a dog fight on its hands in the division with Minnesota just two points back. The Canucks have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and coming off 4-0 shutout of Edmonton this last Thursday as 176 home favorites. They are now 11-5-3 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games with the other two ending as a PUSH. 

Cory Schneider has started the last nine games in goal but with Vancouver failing to find any takers for backup Roberto Luongo before this past Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline it appears he will ride out the season with the team. Schneider should continue to see the majority of the action with a goals-against-average of 2.16 to go along with a .925 save percentage. The Sedin brothers continue to provide the bulk of the production on the other end of the ice with a combined 20 goals and 43 assists through 37 games. 

Flames vs. Canucks Betting Lines and Trends 

BetOnline has opened the Flames as 236 road underdogs on the money line with Vancouver listed as a 262 home favorite. The total line for this contest has been set at 5.5. 

The Flames are 5-13 in their last 18 games against the division and 3-9 in Game 3 of their last 12 3-in-4 situations. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five division games. 

The Canucks have now won their last four home games and are 18-7 in their last 25 games played on a Saturday. The total has stayed UNDER in 16 of their last 27 division games. 

Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team is 6-0 in the last six meetings and the total is 11-5-4 in the last 20 games between the two. Vancouver has won two of the first three meetings this season including two at home by a combined score of 8-3. The total has gone OVER in the last two games. 

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Flames vs. Canucks Free NHL Pick 

The Flames are already at a huge disadvantage trying to beat the Canucks at home, but the schedule is certainly not in their favor with three road games in four nights. This matchup presents a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the puck line making the free NHL pick in this one Vancouver -1.5 at +105 

Canucks 3     Flames 1 (lines provided by BetOnline)

 

Year-to-Date NHL Record: 24-12-2