Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers Game Preview and Betting Odds

Posted by Aaron . on October 17, 2015 in

Over the years, there has been a growing number of people who would like to see fighting removed from hockey altogether. Those people will probably not want to tune in on Saturday night when the Edmonton Oilers make the short trip to Calgary to face the Flames. The Battle of Alberta is set to begin another chapter, and it’s never one that is written without fists flying and blood being shed.

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date/Time:Saturday, October 17th, 10:00 PM
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Opening Betting Odds:  Flames -145

The Oilers (0-4-0) are in a rebuilding phase that begun with the drafting of Connor McDavid first overall. He is going to be a great one, but without any real help, his first season is likely to feel like a very long one. The Oilers did make some moves in the offseason in an effort to land him some help, but things are not going as well as planned. The Oilers are struggling to score, but are getting a great effort from Cam Talbot in goal, despite the fact that the defense that he has in front of him looks a great deal like Swiss cheese.
Edmonton Oilers
The best form of defense that the Oilers have had this season is on the penalty kill, which is rolling along nicely at a 92.3% efficiency. That doesn’t do them any good if they cannot score goals, though, which is why McDavid and the others on the offense need to start stepping up their game.
The Flames (1-2-0) are not off to the best of starts this season, especially when you consider how high their expectations for the year are. The general feeling was that the young group of players who performed so well last year would all take another step forward in this campaign.
Calgary Flames
It has been a bit of a sloppy start, though, with defense and goal tending being their downfall so far. The Flames find themselves in pretty good company in the Pacific Division, as Anaheim and Los Angeles are both off to very slow starts as well. This young Flames team is very offensively gifted, so it should only be a matter of time before they get things headed in the right direction once again. I wouldn’t be surprised of Saturday night was when the turnaround begins.
Key Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Edmonton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Edmonton’s last 11 games on the road
  • Edmonton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
  • Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Calgary is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary’s last 5 games at home
  • Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Edmonton
Our Betting Prediction
The Flames have won 7 straight against their big rivals, including all 5 games in last season’s series. I think they will continue that streak on Saturday in a hard fought battle.