Only one of six NHL games that will be played on Monday, December 5, is not the inter-conference duel, and it’s this one in Calgary, so make sure to get the best Coyotes vs. Flames betting pick and odds.
Arizona is desperate to avoid the fifth consecutive loss when they visit Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames are massive -333 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These Western Conference rivals have faced three times last season, and the Flames swept that series.
Coyotes are having a rough time on the road
The Arizona Coyotes (7-11-2-2, 13-9 ATS) are currently on a 14-game road trip and are not experiencing good times right now. After opening this trip with three straight wins, the Coyotes lost eight of the next nine games, and are on a four-game losing skid at the moment. The most recent defeat came to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime.
Arizona had a 2-1 lead after the first two periods in Vancouver, but the hosts tied the game to force OT and then Bo Horvat scored a power-play goal to secure a 3-2 victory for the Canucks. Christian Fischer and Jakob Chychrun were on a scoresheet for the Coyotes. This year, Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in points with 21 (G 7, A 14). Matias Maccelli has 16 (G 2, A 14), while Shayne Gostisbehere contributes 15 points (G 4, A 11).
Karel Vejmelka (6-6-3) is a probable goaltender for Arizona against Calgary on Monday. The 26-year-old is allowing 3.02 goals per contest with a .913 SV% and two shutouts.
LW Andrew Ladd (knee) and RW Zack Kassian (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not play against Calgary on Monday.
Flames didn’t have problems with the Capitals at home
The Calgary Flames (11-10-2-1, 10-14 ATS) are on a five-game homestay, and after playing the opening three games, they have a 2-1 record. Calgary bounced back from a tight 2-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens with a comfortable 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Flames will take on Arizona and Minnesota at Scotiabank Saddledome and then will hit on a three-game road trip.
Calgary scored three goals in the final 20 minutes to beat the Capitals 5-2. Mikael Backlund and Adam Ruzicka led the team with three points apiece, while Andrew Mangiapane scored a pair of goals. So far this season, The Flames have 11 players with double digits in points, but none with 20+. Elias Lindholm is the top producer with 18 points (G 8, A 10), while Tyler Toffoli (G 8, A 9) and Rasmus Andersson (G 3, A 14) are following him with 17 each.
Jacob Markstrom (8-6-2) will likely take his place in the cage against the Coyotes on Monday. The 32-year-old is surrendering 2.97 goals per game this year along with a .889 SV% and no shutouts.
D Michael Stone (undisclosed) and D Oliver Kylington (personal) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Monday against the Coyotes.
- 0-4 in the last four road games
- 6-22 in the last 28 vs. Pacific Division rivals
- 4-1 in the last five home games
- 5-2 in the last seven vs. Central Division opponents
- 10-1 in the last 11 Monday games
Arizona Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames Pick
Arizona has one of the weakest offenses in the NHL that is scoring 2.68 goals per game, but Calgary is also not great when it comes to offense. The Flames average 2.96 goals per contest, but they do have a stronger defense than the Coyotes. The Coyotes are struggling on this road trip and managed to score more than three goals just once in ten games, while Calgary allowed more than two goals only once in seven games. The Flames appear to be more stable right now, even though I am not impressed with their hockey this year.
Pick: Take the Flames at -1.5 Puck Line (-115)
Given how these offenses are playing lately, I don’t expect to see many goals. The Flames are slightly better offensively, but that’s not enough to bet on a high-scoring affair because Arizona is pretty inefficient on the current road trip and scored a league-low 59 goals this season, which is pathetic. Under is 11-5 in the Coyotes’ last 16 overall; Under is 8-3-1 in the Flames’ previous 12 vs. Central Division rivals, while Under is 6-1 in Arizona’s last seven after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
Pick: Go Under 6 goals (-110)