Maple Leafs vs. Flames Prediction
The Calgary Flames have won six in a row heading into tonight's home tilt versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. is another win in the cards for Calgary in this spot?
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Scotiabank Saddledome at 9:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Maple Leafs are a -120 favorite on the moneyline. The Flames are a +100 underdog, while the over-under sits at 6.5 goals. As of Thursday morning, 53 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Toronto. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Maple Leafs ease past Canucks
Toronto secured a 4-1 victory Tuesday night at Vancouver to improve to 15-13-4 on the season. After a scoreless first period, Auston Matthews gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 advantage 1:45 into the second period on a goal assisted by John Tavares and Justin Holl. Tavares made it 2-0 with 20 seconds to go in the second on a tally assisted by Cody Ceci and Mitch Marner. The Canucks pulled within 2-1 with 8:46 to play in the contest, but Tavares answered at the 5:02 mark with assists going to Holl and Marner. Zach Hyman added an unassisted goal with 1:46 remaining. Frederik Andersen picked up the win between the pipes as he allowed one goal on 39 shots.
Flames skate past Coyotes
Calgary earned a 5-2 win Tuesday night at Arizona to move to 17-12-4 on the season. Michael Frolik opened the scoring 2:11 into the contest to give the Flames a 1-0 lead with an assist courtesy of Zac Rinaldo. Johnny Gaudreau made it 2-0 less than two minutes later off an assist by Derek Ryan. Rinaldo extended the advantage with 14:32 to play in the second period on an assist by Frolik. Sean Monahan pushed the lead to 4-0 with 5:42 to play in the second on assists from Mikael Backlund and Travis Hamonic. The Coyotes got on the board late in the second, but Calgary answered with a Milan Lucic power play goal with 5:28 remaining in the third period as assists went to Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin. Arizona scored its final goal in the game's last minute. Cam Talbot registered 46 saves on 48 shots in the winning effort.
NHL Betting Trends
The Maple Leafs are 23-6 in their last 29 games versus the Pacific Division. Toronto is 5-2 in its last seven road games.
The Flames are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games. Calgary is 10-3 in its last 13 home games versus the Maple Leafs.
The Flames are on a roll and I'm slightly surprised to see them as the underdogs here. Toronto has struggled with consistency all season and while it is finally healthy, this is a tough road environment tonight against a squad playing with a lot of confidence. Toronto might have the slight edge in goaltending, but Calgary starter David Rittich (.913 save pct.) is certainly capable of putting on a stellar performance. I'm taking a shot on the home dogs in this spot.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CALGARY FLAMES +100