Calgary Flames Vs. Edmonton Oilers (5/24/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday evening, giving them a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoff series.  Evander Kane scored three goals in a six-minute span of the second period; Kane’s second hat-trick in the last month and Leon Draisaitl set an NHL record with four assists in one playoff period, per

Calgary is +500 to win the Western Conference and +900 to hoist the 2021-22 Stanley Cup; they last won the title in 1988-89.  Their last appearance in the Stanley Cup Final was 2003-04 when they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Oilers are currently +900 to win the Stanley Cup this year; they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since beating the Boston Bruins in the 1989-90 Stanley Cup Final.  A team from Canada has not won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens won the title in 1992-93.   

Calgary Flames Vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds

Calgary is +160 to win “The Battle of Alberta” against Edmonton and advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2003-04.  The Flames are 1-4 in their last five Conference Semifinals games.  Calgary is 7-21 in their last 28 playoff games as an underdog.  Under is 4-1-2 in the Flames last seven after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.  The favorite is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between Calgary and Edmonton.

The Oilers are -190 to beat the Flames in the second round and advance to the Western Conference Finals.   Edmonton is 4-9 in their last 13 playoff games as a favorite.  The Oilers are 12-3 in their last 15 when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous game.  Over is 6-2 in Edmonton’s last eight Conference Semifinals games.  The home team is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between the Flames and Oilers.

Calgary Flames Analysis

Johnny Gaudreau, the second leading scorer in the NHL this season with 115 points (tied for Florida’s Justin Huberdeau) he leads the team in playoff scoring with 13 points (two goals and 11 assists) and is +2500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Matthew Tkachuk is one of the top power forwards in the NHL and joined his teammate Gaudreau in the 100-point club this year with 104 points; he was tied for the team lead in goals with 42.  The 24-year-old was a +57 while scoring 12 power play goals and six game winning goals this campaign.  He’s the Flames second leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 points (four goals and six assists).  Tkachuk is +3000 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  Elias Lindholm scored 42 goals in the regular season and was a +61 on the season.  In the postseason, he’s third on the team in scoring with eight points (four goals and four assists).

Rasmus Andersson led all Flames blueliners with 50 points this year (four goals and 46 assists).   In his sixth NHL season, he was a +30 while averaging 22:41 of ice time per contest.  In 10 playoff games in 2021-22 he has five points (two goals and three assists). 

In the Game Three loss to the Oilers Jakob Markstrom allowed four goals on 34 shots before getting pulled by the Flames.  Through 10 playoff games in 2021-22, Calgary’s number 25 has a .912 save percentage (268 saves on 294 shot attempts) and a 2.65 GAA.  Markstrom is +2800 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  

Edmonton Oilers Analysis

Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with 123 points (44 goals and 79 assists) this season.  The Oilers captain was a +28 and scored nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  In Game Three on Sunday, he had three assists in the victory over Calgary.  McDavid has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) through 10 postseason games. Per, the only players in NHL playoff history with more points in the same span are Wayne Gretzky (29 in 1983; 25 in 1985), Mario. Lemieux (25 in 1992) and Rick Middleton (23 in 1983).  The Oilers number 97 is +1200 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. 

Leon Draisaitl was third in the league in scoring with 110 points; second in goals overall with 55.  The 2019-20 Hart Trophy winner was second in the NHL with 41 points on the power play and 24 power play goals in 2021-22.  He has 19 points overall (seven goals and 12 assists) this postseason.  Leon Draisaitl is +3000 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy this season. 

In 43 games this season with the Oilers (after being waived by the San Jose Sharks), Evander Kane had 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists).  Kane has been fantastic in the 2021-22 playoffs for Edmonton, he’s a +9 and leads the NHL in postseason goals with 10.  Per, he’s the third Oilers’ player to score three straight goals in a postseason game, joining Wayne Gretzky (1983) and Petr Kilma (1991).  Zach Hyman had 54 points (27 goals and 27 assists) in the regular season, he scored a goal in the Oilers Game Three win on Sunday night.  He has eight points (six goals and two assists) this postseason. 

The 39-year-old Smith has a .933 save percentage (320 saves on 343 shot attempts) and a 2.55 GAA in 10 playoff games this season.  In Game Three against Calgary, he made 31 saves and briefly left the game after being run into by Milan Lucic.

Calgary Flames Vs. Edmonton Oilers Picks & Prediction

The Flames scored 3.5 goals per game during the regular season, sixth in the NHL.  They’ve scored 28 goals this postseason: averaging 2.8 goals per game.  Defensively Calgary allowed 2.5 goals per game, third overall.  The Flames are 0-4 in the last four meetings in Edmonton vs. the Oilers.  Over is 3-1-1 in Calgary’s last five contests overall.  During the regular season, the Oilers scored 3.5 goals per game, ranking them seventh in the NHL.  In 10 playoff games Edmonton has scored 42 goals: 4.2 goals per game.  On the defensive side, the Oilers allowed 3.1 per contest which was 18th in the league.  Edmonton is 13-5 in their last 18 games following a win.  Over is 15-4 in the Oilers last 19 games as a home favorite.

Edmonton has really impressed me the last two games after allowing nine goals in Game One to Calgary.  The Flames have been outscored 8-1 since taking a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game Two over the Oilers.  I’m going to go with the Oilers to take a 3-1 series lead, beating the Flames, 5-3 in Game Four; Edmonton covers the 1.5 goal spread as the teams combine to go over 6.5 goals.

Calgary Flames Vs. Edmonton Oilers Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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