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Flames vs. Canucks Betting Odds & Handicapping Preview Dec. 23

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The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames have a lot in common these days – they are playing well, they are climbing the Western Conference standing and they are both coming off back-to-back wins against teams ahead of them in the standings – Detroit and Minnesota.

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Calgary Flames (15-15-4) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-2)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, December 23, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: SNET-W (HD), SNET-P (HD)
Flames vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Canucks -1 ½ (+120)
Moneyline: Flames +214: Canucks -237
Over/Under: 5 ½ goals
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

The two clubs meet on Friday night for the third time this season with Vancouver having taken both games by a score of 5-1

Calgary played last night – an impressive 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings to stretch their home win streak to five games. The problem for the Flames? They have lost five straight games away from the Saddledome, 0-2-2 during their most recent road trip.

Beating the Wild and the Wings is a good sign for the Calgary Flames who have been looking for an identity and some consistency all season long.

There is not much doubt about why this team has been able to turn itself around – Jarome Iginla has six goals in his last nine games, including the 497th of his career in Tuesday’s win over Minnesota, Olli Jokinen has eight points over a current five-game points streak and Curtis Glencross has four goals in a three-game streak.

The offense is finally starting to show up for the Flames and is taking some of the heat of Mikka Kiprusoff.

Kiprusoff has been very good of late but for some reason the Canucks seem to be his kryptonite.

He is 20-22-0 with a 3.29 GAA and an .885 save percentage in 47 starts – 3-9-0 with a 4.32 GAA in his last 13 games in Vancouver.

The Canucks have been terrific since a pedestrian start to their season and currently ride a three game win streak into Friday’s game and are 12-2-1 in their last 15.

Flames vs. Canucks

Friday Night: Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks Gambling Odds & Preview

Finally, Vancouver is in a position that they envisioned themselves in at the beginning of the year – within one point of the Northwest Division lead and in the Top 5 in the Western Conference.

The offense and defense have come together to make Vancouver one of the most dangerous teams out there… again.

Offensively it has been the Sedins/Alex Burrows show for the most part. Henrik Sedin is second in the league with 40 points, three back of overall leader Claude Giroux while Daniel has 39 points.

In December, Henrik has 16 points in 10 games and Daniel has 12 points in nine games. Line mate Alex Burrows has a four-point streak of his own, notching goals in each for a total of six points over that span.

The second and third lines have also been terrific making the Canucks one of the more feared and balanced attacks in the league.

Defense and goaltending have also found another gear for Vancouver.

Roberto Luongo has shrugged off a slow start to the season and is 7-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA and his only shutout of the season since Dec. 4.

Against Calgary, Lou is an impressive 22-10-1 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage lifetime.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

Calgary is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games while Vancouver is 7-2-1. The Canucks have won both matchups with the Flames this season by 5-1 scores, and are 9-0-1 in the series since March 14, 2010.

Both teams are relatively Hot ahead of their Friday showdown and both are coming off spirited wins over the juggernaut Wings.

But the Flames played last night while undoubtedly the Canucks were at home with a bowl of popcorn watching that contest. A rested Vancouver team should be able to skate all over their hated rivals on Friday night and maintain their dominance over the Flames.

Vancouver has four lines that are dangerous – Calgary has one.

The pay day may not be that great, but at least it is a pre-Christmas pay day!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks -237

Here are some interesting Player Props for Friday’s game:

Jarome Iginla Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 3.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Calgary Shots on Goal
Line = 28.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Calgary Power Play Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

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