Canadiens vs Flames NHL Odds, Picks and Predictions April 26

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Updated: April 26, 2021

The Flames are making a late push to catch Montreal for the final playoff spot in the North Division. The Habs will try to halt Calgary’s momentum with a victory in tonight’s critical matchup.

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The NHL betting board has eight games on Monday, beginning with a clash between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

This is the final contest in a three-game set in Calgary and with the Flames winning the first two games in this series they are looking to finish the sweep and close the gap with the Habs for the final playoff spot in the North Division.

Here are our best free Canadiens vs. Flames picks and predictions for Monday, April 26.

Canadiens vs Flames odds

Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.

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The line opened at Calgary -120, with the total at 5.5. Early action favored the Flames pushing their line to -130. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Injuries

Canadiens: Tomas Tatar LW (Questionable), Paul Byron LW (Questionable), Jonathan Drouin LW (Questionable), Carey Price G (Out), Brendan Gallagher RW (Out).
Flames: Noah Hanifin D (Questionable), Josh Leivo LW (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Flames are 1-5 in their last six games as a favorite. Find more NHL betting trends for Canadiens vs. Flames.

Moneyline pick

This is a crucial battle in the North Division with Montreal holding on to fourth place — and the final playoff spot — but sitting just four points ahead of the Flames. Calgary has closed the gap not just by winning the first two games in this series but by winning six of the last seven games in the head-to-head going back to January 30.

The Habs have hit a snag at the worst possible time, going 3-8 in their last 11 games, and will have to get by without star goaltender Carey Price, who is receiving treatment for a concussion he suffered last Monday. 

All that considered, the Canadiens have the pieces in place to turn around and beat the Flames tonight. Backup goaltender Jake Allen will get the start and the veteran has been steady for Montreal, posting a 2.57 goals-against average with a save percentage of .912 in 21 games. 

As a matter of fact, Allen’s numbers are better than Calgary’s high-priced off-season acquisition Jacob Markstrom, who is 17-16-1 with a 2.75 GAA and a .903 SV%. 

On the other end of the ice, Montreal ranks a respectable 13th in the league with 2.89 goals per game while generating the seventh-most high danger chances per 60 minutes at even strength. The Flames are just 22nd in scoring with 2.68 goals per game while ranking 18th in even-strength HDCF/60. 

Although the Canadiens were outshot 31-20 when these teams met up on Friday, they typically dominate possession, ranking fourth in the NHL in Fenwick For Rating at even strength. 

The Habs have their backs against the wall after losing the last two games and need to put on a strong performance today. Saturday’s game with Cayden Primeau in nets for Montreal was practically like waving a white flag but with Allen back between the pipes today, the Canadiens should be much more competitive. Back the Canadiens as short dogs. 

PREDICTION: Montreal (+110)

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Over/Under pick

Although the Habs have been effective at putting the puck in the net for most of the season, they’ve struggled in that area lately, averaging just 1.82 gpg over their last 11 contests. 

That said, the Flames have been near the bottom of the league in goals scored since the start of the year and have struggled to get much going in 5v5 hockey.

Although the first two games in this week’s series have gone above the total, the Under is still a commanding 10-3-2 in the last 15 meetings between these teams. And when Allen was in nets on Friday, it took a last-second empty-net goal from Elias Lindholm to cash the Over.

The Flames are 9-4-3 to the Under in their last 16 games while the Habs are 12-5 to the Under in their previous 17 as a road underdog. With the Under also going 5-1-1 in Montreal’s last seven games following a loss of three or more goals, expect a better defensive effort from the Canadiens tonight and take the Under. 

PREDICTION: Under 5.5 (-110)

Canadiens vs Flames betting card

  • Montreal (+110)
  • Under 5.5 (-110)

Picks made on 4/26/2021 at 9:20 a.m. ET

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