May 18, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
- The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames play Game 2 on Friday, May 20th
- Calgary is heavy home favorites in the Oilers vs Flames odds
- Read below for Game 2 Oilers vs Flames odds and picks
The Calgary Flames will look to take a 2-0 series lead on the Edmonton Oilers in their Round 2 NHL Playoff series. Game 2 of the Battle of Alberta is set for Friday, May 20th at 10:30 PM EST.
Calgary is listed as heavy home favorites in the Game 2 Oilers vs Flames odds. The total is set at 6.5 after the two Canadian rivals exploded for 15 goals in Game 1.
Let’s take a look at the Game 2 Oilers vs Flames odds and find the best betting pick.
Oilers vs Flames Odds
|Edmonton Oilers||+1.5 (-162)||O 6.5 (-127)||+150|
|Calgary Flames||-1.5 (+133)||U 6.5 (+105)||-182|
Odds as of May 19th at Caesars Sportsbook.
The Flames are listed on the puck line at +133 odds, while the Oilers are available at -162 to keep the game within two goals.
After taking a 1-0 series lead, Calgary is now heavy -400 favorites in the Oilers vs Flames series odds.
Flames Favored in Edmonton vs Calgary Game 2 Odds
The Flames are favored to take a 2-0 series lead over the Oilers in the Battle of Alberta odds. Calgary won a wild back-and-forth Game 1 by a 9-5 score on Wednesday. Matthew Tkachuk scored a hat trick as the Flames recovered from a four-goal deficit to take a 1-0 series lead.
While the score for the opening game paints a picture of a fairly evenly matched game, the reality is Game 1 was completely lopsided. Calgary outshot Edmonton 48-28 and had a 66.7 xGF% compared to Edmonton’s 33.3% XGF%.
Goaltending was an issue for both teams in the opening game of the series. Oilers’ Mike Smith was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots, while Flames’ Jacob Markstrom remained in the crease despite allowing six goals on 28 shots.
The potential reason to consider an underdog bet on Edmonton for Game 2 is superstar captain Connor McDavid. Even though Calgary won the game, McDavid was once again the best player on the ice with one goal and three assists Wednesday.
Chris Tanev Injury Update
One situation that could bolster Calgary’s value in the NHL odds is the return of top-four defenseman Chris Tanev from injury. The 32-year-old blueliner, who has missed two straight games with an undisclosed injury, skated at practice Thursday.
Chris Tanev, who has missed the last two games due to injury, is once again on the ice for a very optional #Flames practice. Hopefully he’s ready to return soon! #Warrior pic.twitter.com/ijMbox2m77
— Derek Wills (@Fan960Wills) May 19, 2022
Tanev’s defensive ability was one of the reasons the Flames finished with the lowest goals against of any Western Conference team during the regular season. The ex-Canuck logged over 20 minutes of average ice time and blocked 158 shots during the regular season.
While Tanev’s absence certainly wasn’t the only reason the Flames surrendered six goals in Game 1, his shutdown ability was greatly missed against the Oilers’ explosive offense.
Edmonton vs Calgary Betting Trends
Betting trends for the Battle of Alberta continue to greatly favor the home team. With the Flames taking Game 1 at the Saddledome, the home team has won six straight Battle of Alberta’s. Calgary’s “C of Red” provides an electric atmosphere that fuels the Flames’ players.
Tkachuk Cam. pic.twitter.com/Z2D1ojKEoq
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 16, 2022
High-scoring games are also trending in the Oilers vs Flames odds. Wednesday’s offensive explosion marked the fourth time in five meetings that the “over” has cashed between Calgary and Edmonton. The over is also 14-6-1 in the last 21 meetings in Calgary.
While the Oilers have an explosive offense, they’ve had trouble earning victories on the road against good opponents. Edmonton is 2-7 in their last nine games as a road underdog entering Game 2.
Oilers vs Flames Pick
Aside from the shaky goaltending, Calgary played just as well of a game as its fans could have hoped for in Game 1. The metrics show that they simply dominated Edmonton in all areas, including limiting them to seven high-danger chances.
This team ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xM5YVHtlvj
— y – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 19, 2022
McDavid appears ready to put the team on his back once again, but it won’t be as easy as it was in the previous round vs LA. The potential return of Tanev for Calgary bolsters this Flames’ defense even more. Furthermore, it’s hard to imagine Markstrom won’t bounce back in a big way.
The Oilers have the offense to win a game or two in this series, but that’s likely to come in Edmonton. Calgary is 23-9 in their last 32 games as a home favorite and thriving at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Back Calgary once again in Game 2 in the Oilers vs Flames odds.
Pick: Flames ML (-182)
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