Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Calgary Flames visit the Carolina Hurricanes in NHL action on Friday, January 7th
The Flames are listed as road underdogs in the Friday NHL odds
Read below for Flames vs Hurricanes odds, predictions and best pick
One of two matchups in the Friday NHL odds on January 7th sees the Calgary Flames (17-8-6) take on the Carolina Hurricanes (23-7-1). Puck drop is 7pm ET at PNC Arena.
The Hurricanes are listed as home favorites in the Friday NHL odds. Carolina is an impressive 10-3-0 at home this season, while Calgary is 13-5-2 on the road.
Let’s take a look at the Flames vs Hurricanes odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction.
Flames vs Hurricanes Odds
O 6 (-112)
January 7th, 2022
U 6 (-109)
Odds as of January 6th at Barstool Sportsbook
Hurricanes Betting Analysis at Home
Carolina has been one of the NHL’s best teams on home ice entering Friday’s matchup with Calgary. The Hurricanes have won three straight games at PNC Arena and are 10-3-0 on home ice overall. The Canes have been home favorites 12 times, posting a 9-3 record in those contests.
A winning mentality 😤 pic.twitter.com/VdWxk397UG
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) January 4, 2022
Carolina ranks top-10 in the NHL in both offense and defense. The Canes are averaging 3.42 goals per game, while only giving up 2.13 goals per contests.
Sebastian Aho leads the team in scoring with 34 points in 28 contests, while goalie Freddie Andersen owns a solid .929 save percentage.
While COVID-19 is rummaging through the NHL, the Canes have managed to stay fairly healthy. Defenseman Brendan Smith is the only Carolina player on the COVID protocol list, while forward Jordan Martinook (ankle) is the team’s lone player sidelined by injury.
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Flames Betting Value as Road Underdogs
The Flames enter Friday’s NHL game with Carolina boasting one of the better road records in the NHL. Calgary is 13-5-2 away from Scotiabank Saddledome, although they’ve dropped three of their past five road contests.
The Flames were in action Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Getting us going in Tampa ⬇️#Flames | @Schneiders pic.twitter.com/ysg0IpRbmQ
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 7, 2022
Calgary is led on offense by Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau, who are tied for the team’s goal scoring lead with 14 tallies apiece. The Flames are averaging 3.16 goals per game, which is 12th-best in the NHL.
Defensively, the Flames are only allowing 2.36 goals against per game, which is second-best in the NHL behind Carolina. Goalie Jacob Markstrom has played a big role in that success, posting a .926 save percentage. He’s the projected NHL starting goalie vs the Hurricanes.
Much like with Carolina, the Flames don’t have any notable injuries/ COVID absences. This will be the 10th time this season the Flames are listed as road underdogs in the NHL odds. Calgary is only 5-5 in the road underdog role this season.
Flames vs Hurricanes Pick & Prediction
It’s tempting to fade Calgary in the Flames vs Hurricanes odds considering they just played Thursday night. Darryl Sutter’s team is 3-1-0 in the second half of back-to-backs this season, however. They’ve also played some close games with Carolina over the past several years.
Flames vs Hurricanes Recent Results
CGY 1 – CAR 2 (OT)
CGY 0 – CAR 4
CAR 2 – CGY 1
CAR 3 – CGY 4
CGY 3 – CAR 2 (OT)
The game total for Flames vs Hurricanes is what you want to target in the Friday NHL odds. These two teams rank 1-2 in NHL goals against average and both feature elite netminders. The under has cashed in seven of the last eight meetings between Calgary and Carolina.
This has all the makings of a low-scoring matchup. Not only are both defenses among the best at suppressing high-dangers chances, but they also own top-five penalty kill units. Bet on a goalie showdown between Calgary and Carolina in the Friday NHL odds.
Pick: Under 6 (-109)