The NHL is close to returning for the 2021 season in what will be a sprint all the way to the finish in a shortened year. As we get closer to the start date of Wednesday, Jan 13, it should be a compelling regular season as each Canadian team is featured inside the same division. Leading up to Game 1, we will provide a betting preview for all seven Canadian teams in the NHL. Here, we will break down the odds of the Calgary Flames.
2021 NHL season format
This season’s schedule is being impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that suspended the NHL season for months. The 2019-20 season shut down operations in March and returned, crowning a Stanley Cup champion in late September. With the return to play in January, each team is scheduled to play a 56-game schedule with the the divisions split up into four groups. Teams will play only divisional games, and it was necessary to put all Canadian teams into the same division because of the border restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8, and the playoffs will include 16 teams playing four rounds of best-of-seven series with the Stanley Cup expected to be awarded in July.
With all that said, here’s a betting preview for the upcoming Calgary Flames 2021 season.
Calgary Flames Betting Preview
There are plenty of futures betting options for gamblers to take a look at for the NHL season but here, we’re just going to take a look at the odds as it pertains to the Flames and their players. All odds are via popular United States sportsbooks.
The Flames are expected to be roughly an average NHL team heading into this season. Let’s see where they shake up in some of the major team futures betting markets.
Championship winner: Calgary is not expected to be much of a contender for the championship this season as the Flames are checking in with the 17th best odds in the NHL to win it all at +3700 odds. The Colorado Avalanche are the betting favorite at +700.
Division winner: Calgary is competing in the North Division along with the rest of the Canadian teams, and the Flames have the fourth best odds to win it at +600. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the expected winner according to the oddsmakers with +115 odds.
To make the playoffs: While oddsmakers aren’t too optimistic about the Flames’ chances to win the title or the division, they expect Calgary to be a part of the 16-team postseason picture. The “yes” option is getting -215 odds, while “no” is at +165. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the team most expected to advance to the postseason at -1000.
Regular season points: Calgary’s regular season points over/under is set at 62.5 with -115 odds on each side. For this to bet to be valid, the Flames have to play in a minimum of 48 games. The Avalanche’s season points total is set at 82.5, which is the highest in the NHL.
Where do the Flames players and head coach stack up among the rest according to oddsmakers? Here’s a look at the futures for the Hart Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Adams Award odds before the season begins.
Hart Memorial Trophy: The top Flames player for the award given to the player most valuable to his team is Johnny Gaudreau. He is tied for 34th best odds at +7000 to win it. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is the betting favorite to win the Hart Memorial Trophy at +450 odds.
Vezina Trophy: The award for the best goaltender features a Flames player closer to the top. Jacob Markstrom has the eighth best odds for the Vezina Trophy at +1400. Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy is the expected favorite according to oddsmakers at +650.
Adams Award: Who will win the award given to the best coach? Well, oddsmakers think it won’t be Flames’ head coach Geoff Ward. He has the 22nd best odds at +2300. Colorado coach Jared Bednar is the favorite with +800 odds.
Game 1 Betting Odds
While some teams will get started on Jan. 13, Calgary will wait till the following day to get its season going. The Flames will play a road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
Spread: Calgary is listed as -1.5 favorites at +260 odds, while Winnipeg is -320 to cover as underdogs.
Moneyline: Oddsmakers think this game will go either way with the moneyline odds set at -110 for each side to win outright.
Total: The over/under is set at 5.5 with the over getting +100 odds and the under at -120.