Face-off: 2200 ET, 05/12/2021
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Calgary are flying high in the Western Conference standings following three straight wins and get the nod to edge out Vegas on the road.
The Golden Knights are coming off a huge victory over struggling Arizona but this promises to be several levels up in terms of difficulty.
In a close betting market, we’re going with an away win on the money line at 2.00 in our Vegas Golden Knights vs Calgary Flames predictions.
Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Vegas turned on the style when thrashing the Coyotes 7-1 at Gila River Arena on Friday night, with six players having two-point games.
Max Pacioretty grabbed a couple of goals, while Michael Amadio, Evgenii Dadonov and Nicolas Roy all had a goal and an assist.
Reilly Smith and Shea Theodore weighed in with a brace of assists each, plus Laurent Brossoit had 29 saves on 30 shots.
However, it has to be pointed out that Arizona slipped to 5-17-2 with that defeat and are cut adrift at the foot of the Western Conference table.
Vegas must go from facing the second-worst defence in the NHL to trying to break down the meanest rearguard.
Looking at the 8.0 for the Flames to shade a tight tussle by one goal.
Calgary Flames Odds
Calgary have managed to successfully come through a trio of close encounters and have developed a nice habit of doing just enough.
They beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime, Los Angeles 3-2 and then Anaheim 4-3 after a shoot-out.
Forwards Blake Coleman, Sean Monahan and Trevor Lewis combined for five points in a high-energy, end-to-end clash with the Ducks.
Johnny Gaudreau grabbed the decider as the Flames secured a league-leading 11th success on the road.
Monahan commented: “We stuck around and we got that extra point in the end, so it’s a big win. That’s what that team thrives on.”
Calgary have struck an NHL-high 28 goals in the opening period and conceded just 11 in the first stanza.
Vegas are 19-24 in the same timeframe, so 2.8 for the Flames to be ahead after P1 is added to our NHL predictions.
Arizona 1-7 VEGAS
Anaheim 3-4 CALGARY (OT)
Head-to-head: Calgary 3-5 Vegas, Vegas 6-0 Calgary, Vegas 6-2 Calgary, Calgary 6-3 Vegas
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