Face-off: 2100 ET, 08/03/2022
Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary have recovered well from recently missing out on a franchise-record 12th straight home win and get the nod to overcome Washington.
The red-hot Flames are a fantastic 14-1-1 overall since the end of January and have been doing the business at both ends of the rink.
Let’s stick with 2.1 for the hosts to prevail in regular time to kick off our Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals predictions.
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Calgary Flames Odds
After beating Edmonton 3-1 here last night, Calgary are four points clear of Los Angeles at the top of the Pacific Division and have played three games fewer than the Kings.
Tyler Toffoli bagged a brace against the Oilers to help us land a 7.0 pay-out for the Flames to win by exactly two goals in our match preview.
Trading with Montreal to get Toffoli last month has paid off, with the right-winger now on a run of five strikes in as many games.
“I thought we just did a really good job overall in not letting them get to their game as much as they probably wanted to,” commented the 29-year-old.
Johnny Gaudreau is also on fire, having scored in three straight games and posting nine points overall in five outings.
Elias Lindholm is another player in form and there are no worries about Dan Vladar filling in for Jacob Markstrom between the posts.
Washington will provide stiff opposition, but NHL odds.
Washington Capitals Odds
Washington are looking good for a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference after back-to-back home wins over Carolina and Seattle.
The Hurricanes were hammered 4-0 and then the Capitals finished strongly to see off the Kraken 5-2.
“It was a fun game – the building was loud,” said forward Tom Wilson. “We were a little slow to start but we found our feet and guys pulled together and a win’s a win.”
Conor Sheary reached 100 NHL goals by bagging a brace, while Alex Ovechkin is just two shy of third place in the all-time list after netting his 764th, as well as providing a couple of assists.
Washington clearly don’t suffer from travel sickness, as they are a useful 16-7-4 on the road this season.
However, to say the Scotiabank Saddledome is a tough place to visit right now would be an understatement.
Let’s finish off our Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals predictions by taking 11.0 for a 3-2 home win, with overtime and penalties included in that option if required.
CALGARY 3-1 Edmonton
WASHINGTON 5-2 Seattle
Season head-to-head: Washington 3-4 Calgary