Calgary Flames vs Vancouver Canucks Playoff Prediction

The Calgary Flames face the Vancouver Canucks in an unexpected all-Canadian matchup. Sports bettors can read a preview and get our prediction for who will emerge victorious in this Western Conference clash.

Although many may have picked the Vancouver Canucks to make the playoffs, very few can say they predicted that Calgary would reach the post-season. Before the regular season began, Oddsmakers pegged the Flames to be the worst team in the NHL. In fact, the odds for Calgary to win the Cup before the season began were whopping 75-to-1!

The fact that Calgary still made the playoffs despite losing Captain Mike Giordano, or that they are even here in the first place, is a testament to coach Bob Hartley. What Calgary lacks in ‘star power’, they make up for it with heart and resilience. For example, Calgary was a come-from-behind team that acquired 25% of their 97 regular season points when trailing after the two periods.

Calgary certainly has youthful exuberance, as it has been players like Johnny Goudreau who has lead the way in his rookie season and has emerged as a Calder Cup candidate. But, it is this youth that could be the Achilles heel for Calgary in this series with Vancouver.

The Canucks are a much more experienced squad by far, and Vancouver players have a total of 824 playoff games under their belts — while Calgary only has 262. The season series between these two teams was very close and this edge in playoff experience, along with home-ice advantage, could prove the difference.

Although Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller has playoff experience, he was shaky last year for the Anaheim Ducks which lead to his departure from the team. So, with Ryan Miller back the Canucks will have an advantage between the pipes as well.

Prediction: Take Vancouver to win the Series at (-150) odds. If you want to bet on this series, Canadians can sign up to Sports Interaction and receive a 100% deposit bonus up to $125 that is credited instantly to your account!