Carolina Hurricanes vs. Calgary Flames, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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Carolina at Calgary, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Carolinas, Sportsnet (Calgary)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
63- Carolina Hurricanes +1½ -245 +117 Ov 5½ -104
64-Calgary Flames -1½ +205 -129 Un 5½ -106
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The Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary Flames will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Scotiabank Saddledome.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (2-1-1): Defenseman Jaccob Slavin earned the unenviable task of blanketing reigning Hart Trophy winner McDavid and played a game-high 27 1/2 minutes against Edmonton. He also delivered an insurance goal in the third period and set up another to finish with a plus-3 rating. “I think people are going to start to realize how good he is. As a group here, we already know that,” center Jordan Staal told reporters. “The guy just plays heavy minutes. He’s got a great stick, great vision and great hands.”

ABOUT THE FLAMES (4-2-0): Calgary keeps putting itself on the defensive, snuffing out 22-of-24 power-play chances over its last four games – including all seven against Vancouver. “Our PKers, they did a good job,” Gulutzan told reporters. “But we got lucky. You can’t do that. We’re dodging bullets here. And we’ve gotta get that cleaned up.” Johnny Gaudreau is off to a fast start for the Flames with a team-leading two goals and seven assists.

Oddsmakers opened the Flames as -141-moneyline favorites versus the Hurricanes, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Calgary Flames were off for four days prior to Thursday’s matchup against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes – a break coach Glen Gulutzan felt was necessary despite a stretch of four wins in five games. The Flames have been off since posting a 5-2 victory at Vancouver on Saturday, a triumph that came 24 hours after they endured a 6-0 drubbing at home against Ottawa.

“We’re a little out of sync in a lot of areas,” Gulutzan told reporters. “We have to sit back in the next couple of days and get a little stability. … I really like stability, and right now, even for myself on the bench, we’re a little chaotic.” One area of stability for the Flames is in net, where veteran Mike Smith has started all six games in his first season with the team. Carolina, which is tied with Minnesota for the fewest games played in the NHL, is 1-1-0 on its four-game road trip after knocking off Edmonton 5-3 on Tuesday. Veteran Cam Ward, making his season debut after Scott Darling started the first three games in net, made the victory possible by turning aside 48 shots against Connor McDavid and company.

Calgary won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Canucks on October 14. Bettors who backed the Flames at -107 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Carolina, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Oilers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Hurricanes at +111 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Team record: 2-1-1 SU
Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Carolina is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 6 games

Team record: 4-2-0 SU
Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary’s last 5 games

Next up:
Carolina at Dallas Saturday, October 21
Calgary home to Minnesota Saturday, October 21

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Flames RW Jaromir Jagr, who registered his first point in his third game with the club, was shifted to the No. 1 line with Gaudreau and C Sean Monahan.

2. The Hurricanes assigned D Trevor Carrick to Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

3. Smith is 3-9-4 with a 2.77 goals-against average versus Carolina.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Calgary Flames will win outright at -129 and the game will go over 5½ goals according to

PREDICTION: Flames 4, Hurricanes 2 at .

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