Hockey betting handicappers expected the Flames to contend for a playoff spot but instead they are out of the money and an online hockey betting longshot for the post season.
The Vancouver Canucks will host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night with a start time of 10 PM ET. Be sure and check out Sports Gambling for the side and total odds on this game and to open your account for this Western Conference rivalry showdown.
Calgary had a record of 18-18-1-2 with the hockey betting odds and won just 7 out of their first 21 road games with just 7 of those games going over the total. The Flames saw Darryl Sutter step down as executive vice president and general manager which was the ultimate acknowledgement that the franchise was not meeting expectations on the ice.
The shocking news played a part in the Flames jumpstarting their season with 4 consecutive wins from December 23 through January 1. Calgary can still gain a Western Conference playoff spot with a strong second half run. The Flames ranked 20th in the NHL for goal scoring and 14th for goals against.
Right winger Jarome Iginla led Calgary with 16 goals and 19 assists while number one goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff had 2.60 goals against average with a record of 16-17 and 3 shutouts.
Vancouver was one of the top teams in the Western Conference with a record of 23-8-3-2 with the hockey betting line. The Canucks were especially strong at home with a mark of 13-3-1-1.
Vancouver was one of the most balanced teams in the league as they ranked 2nd overall for goal scoring and 6th for goals against. Vancouver was one of the hottest teams on the board as December ended with 8 payouts in 9 games from December 12-31.
Vancouver has won the last 3 hockey betting matchups against the Flames in this series with just 1 of the last 7 meetings between the teams going under the total. Vancouver blew out the Flames at Calgary on December 1 by a score of 7-2 as the game soared over the total. Vancouver has paid out in 11 of their last 16 home games against the Flames.