The Anaheim Ducks have absolutely owned the Calgary Flames over the last couple of years, sweeping them out of the playoffs last season. The Flames will try to put an end to that on Monday night as they travel to Anaheim where Calgary hasn’t won since April 25th, 2006 – a span of 29 games.
Calgary Flames vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
The Ducks have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Flames, including all four in last season’s playoffs. Four of those meetings have gone over the posted total, along with a pair of pushes. Six of the games have had a posted total of five goals for these two teams, and both teams have scored eight goals at least once during their last 10 meetings.
The numbers in Anaheim are a little incredible to read, however, as the Ducks are 29-1 in their last 30 against the Flames. Out of the last 10 meetings, six of those games have had a posted total of 5.5. For whatever reason, the Flames just can’t win in Anaheim and it doesn’t seem to matter who is on the teams.
The Ducks won 5-4 at home against Arizona in their season opener but then they fell 3-2 in overtime against Philadelphia in their next game. The Ducks will open up the season with six home games in their first seven, which should allow them to get off to a good start. Corey Perry has a pair of goals and an assist, while Andrew Cogliano and Rickard Rakell both have a goal and two assists for the Ducks, who are missing captain Ryan Getzlaf due to a lower-body injury.
Getzlaf has missed the first two games and Rakell has done fine to hold it down without him, but make no mistake about it, the Ducks are much better with their captain beside Perry. Getzlaf is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and his questionable status is why the betting line was off the board early on.
The Flames opened up their season with a 3-0 loss on the road in Edmonton against the rival Oilers as they were downed by a Connor McDavid hat trick. However, they bounced back to win their home opener by a score of 6-3 over Winnipeg, led by T.J. Brodie (two goals, two assists) and Johnny Gaudreau (one goal, three assists).
The Flames were almost doomed from the start against Edmonton, who swarmed the Flames from the opening face-off. The Flames also got off to a slow start against the Jets as they were down 3-1 at the end of the first period but they scored four goals in the second period to take control. Still, they need a better start, especially in Anaheim.
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