For Calgary Flames fans, there’s nothing quite like the memory of the Stanley Cup-winning squad of 1989. The NHL was in the midst of a dynasty era in which powerhouse clubs were loading up the trophy case. While the team from Alberta was regularly in the postseason mix, it went through several seasons in which it just wasn’t able to break through.
A near-miss in 1986 helped to whet the appetite for an absolutely thrilling postseason run just a few seasons later. The fact that it culminated with an all-Canada final and a six-game win over the Montreal Canadiens made it that much sweeter. Flames stars such as Lanny McDonald, Doug Gilmour, Al MacInnis and Mike Vernon are forever etched in Calgary lore.
Since that point, all Flames teams have been reaching for the same heights, but it has been no dice so far. Johnny Gaudreau and company have a passionate fan base behind them, and the hope is that there will be many better days ahead. As the Flames work toward making it happen, fans are close to being able to bet on the team like never before.
Legal single-game betting could be on its way to Canada, most likely in Ontario first. Top sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel have their sights set on bringing their apps to market as soon as possible. Before that happens, here’s a guide to betting on the Flames, from odds on the next game to the team’s chances of making some magic with another Stanley Cup run.
If the Flames are getting ready to play, then sportsbooks will have odds available. You can bet on the NHL online in a number of ways. The live odds feed below gathers the latest odds from across the industry in one single spot.
Do the Flames have a shot at the Stanley Cup? What are the odds on the Flames making the playoffs? The futures market is a guide to what the industry is thinking, and you can place your bets on the team’s chances to boot. Check the NHL futures odds feed below.
When you’re dubbed “Johnny Hockey,” chances are pretty good that you bring a lot to the ice. That’s the case with the popular Johnny Gaudreau. Can he take another step and claim the Hart Trophy this season? Here are the latest numbers from the top sportsbooks in the race for the NHL MVP award.
As part of your research prior to betting, be sure to take the time to review the latest news and notes, as well as any important betting trends. Betting on the NHL and any other sport is all about placing yourself in position to make the best possible decision. By gaining additional insight into these categories, you’ll be closer to making that happen. Here are some of the key points surrounding the Flames.
If you thought Flames games were exciting enough, just wait until you take a crack at live betting. Once the games get underway, sportsbooks open the doors to even more wagers. These are real-time bets based on what’s happening on the ice. Here are some of the options you’ll see:
Live betting has grown from a niche offering to a major option for sportsbooks. Flames betting odds will update rapidly as the game plays out.
All season long, you’ll find odds for the Flames and every other NHL game on the docket at sportsbooks. Sportsbooks will list each of the day’s matchups by start time, and you’ll immediately see the odds for a trio of main bets.
|Ottawa Senators||+130||+1.5 (-115)||Over 5.5 (-110)|
|Calgary Flames||-160||-1.5 (+125)||Under 5.5 (-110)|
The numbers next to the team names are the odds and lines for the following bets: moneyline, puck line and total. Here are how those wagers work:
You can also be on the lookout for alternate lines on the puck line and total, such as 2.0 on the former or 6.5 on the latter. The NHL betting odds will shift along with the listed numbers. Beyond the big three, you can explore these other ways to bet on the NHL:
Click on the game listing for additional ways to wager, including on the popular player props for individual stats and accomplishments.
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You can tie together several wagers on a single slip, ranging from two to 10 or more. To win, you have to be right on all of your choices.
NHL over/under parlay:
You can take a long-term approach to betting with NHL futures. Top markets include the winner of the next Stanley Cup or awards like the Hart Trophy.
Odds to win the Stanley Cup:
When you combine all of the above wagers with the ability to bet live, you certainly won’t be lacking for options.
No matter how well in tune you may be with the Flames and the NHL as a whole, you’re going to lose your fair share of bets. Anything can happen when athletes step on the ice, and even what seemed to be the most certain of outcomes can break in a direction that few if any saw coming. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t betting strategies to help you out.
Bad losses are going to sting regardless, but it’s important to keep it in perspective while looking at your results in total. If you can win more than you lose while covering the vig that sportsbooks charge, you’re ahead of the game. To get there, it’s helpful to learn to be very selective with your wagers and only strike when you find an edge.
The first two points fall into the concept of selectivity. It’s better to bet on two or three matchups that you have a good feel for as opposed to taking a stab at eight or more games. On the last point, the odds board is your friend. Quite simply, massive favourites won’t pay all that much, but you can’t always lean on underdogs in hopes of a big score.
When examining a slate of games, sort through the matchups and discard any that seem too close to call. For the remaining games, look for notable edges on one side. After you’ve pared down the list, research even further and only place the bets you’re most confident about. Lastly, always track your results to know where you stand and if you need to make any adjustments.
Las Vegas still has a reputation as the sports betting capital of the world, but the landscape is changing. For decades, bettors looking for the best odds on the Flames knew to look toward Sin City. These days, there are many more options to explore in the burgeoning legal sports betting market.
As sportsbooks open their doors in new places, the oddsmakers behind the scenes are doling out numbers that are right in line with what you’ll see in Vegas. Naturally, you’ll find some variance on heavily bet games here and there, but you’ll find that the odds in local markets are quite comparable on an overall basis.
The typical NHL regular season breaks down to 82 games per club and runs from October through April. After that is arguably the most tense tournament in all of sports: the Stanley Cup playoffs. Flames fans have plenty to look forward to. Here’s how the average NHL schedule works out for Calgary.
In short, you’ll be able to see all of the other clubs in action as they take on the Flames, and the season could extend much deeper if the club manages to go on a lengthy postseason run. Whenever there’s a game on tap, be sure to lean on the live odds feed above for a quick look at how the market stacks up from a betting perspective.
In 1972, the Atlanta Flames began play as an NHL expansion franchise. The team couldn’t find its footing down south, so it was off to Calgary for the 1980 season. The relocated Flames played at the Stampede Corral for the first few seasons before moving to the Olympic Saddledome. The venue has seen its brand name change several times since then, from the Canadian Airlines Saddledome to Pengrowth Saddledome to its current moniker.
The majority of Flames games appear on Sportsnet, but you’ll also find the occasional matchup on TSN. Rick Ball is the primary play-by-play voice for games, with Kelly Hrudey on analysis, but Cassie Campbell-Pascall also handles commentary at times.
The flagship radio station for Flames games is CFAC 960 AM. Several affiliates across the region will also carry the feed. On the audio side, it’s Derek Willis on the call with Peter Loubardias handling the colour commentary.
Just like most other teams in the NHL, the Flames have added some key pieces in the NHL draft and then complemented the roster with trades and free agent acquisitions. Looking back at the 2020 entry draft, the team had four selections in the first three rounds. Here are the players the Flames picked:
Over the past decade, the team has been without a first-round selection a few times, but it’s also managed to land some gems in the early stages of the draft. Here are the Flames’ first-round draft choices over the last 10 years.
Through the years, Flames fans have seen plenty of talent come through Calgary. The franchise record book contains some of the top names in NHL history. Here are the team’s all-time leaders in the major stats.
|Games Played - Skater||Jarome Iginla - 1,219||1996-2013|
|Goals||Jarome Iginla - 525||1996-2013|
|Assists||Al MacInnis - 609||1981-94|
|Points||Jarome Iginla - 1,095||1996-2013|
|Shots||Jarome Iginla - 3,992||1996-2013|
|Power Play Goals||Jarome Iginla - 161||1996-2013|
|Games Played - Goalie||Mikka Kiprusoff - 576||2003-2013|
|Wins||Mikka Kiprusoff - 305||2003-2013|
|Goals Against Average||Mikka Kiprusoff - 2.46||2003-2013|
|Save Percentage||Mikka Kiprusoff - .913||2003-2013|
Darryl Sutter took over as head coach of the Flames in 2021, replacing Geoff Ward. A longtime NHL player and coach, Sutter previously coached the team from 2003-06, and served as its GM from 2003-10. During his time with the Los Angeles Kings, he was part of two Stanley Cup winners. Here’s the current staff behind Sutter.
During Sutter’s first stint with the Flames, he led the team to the Stanley Cup Final. Calgary lost a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04. Since he left the bench for the Flames, there have been seven head coaches, none of whom have advanced past the second round of the playoffs. Here are the records for each of the coaches over that span in both the regular season and playoffs.
While the Flames have used some alternate uniforms through the years, the primary logo remains the flaming C to represent the home city. It’s red on a white background at home and reversed on the road. Red, yellow and white are the main team colours.
The Flames also have the distinction of having the NHL’s first-ever mascot. Harvey the Hound made his debut in 1983. He’s a staple at Calgary home games and makes plenty of special appearances throughout the region.
At founding, the Atlanta Flames were owned by a group led by Tom Cousins. The team ran into financial difficulties, and a Nelson Skalbania-led group bought the franchise for $16 million in 1980. The Flames then relocated to Calgary.
Skalbania sold his interests in the team in 1981. The Flames have been under the control of local ownership ever since. The official name of the entity behind the scenes is Calgary Sports and Entertainment. Key members of the leadership group include the following:
The latest NHL franchise valuations pin a tag of $480 million on the Flames. For reference, the New York Rangers are the league’s most valuable franchise at $1.65 billion, while the Arizona Coyotes come in last at $285 million.
On NHL.com, each franchise has its own team page. If you click on the Calgary Flames, you’ll find a section to purchase tickets, which you can also do on major sellers such as TicketMaster and Vivid Seats. As always, prices can vary on the open market, but the average seat price has been in the mid-$40 range for the past few seasons.
The Flames are always a hot ticket in Calgary, but demand can be particularly high at certain times. For example, if the team is hot heading into the postseason or welcoming a marquee opponent to town, you can expect to pay a premium.
The majority of Flames games belong to Sportsnet, but you can also find them on TSN at times throughout the season. The two networks are part of plenty of cable, satellite and streaming packages, but always be sure to confirm availability. You can also find online and mobile feeds from the networks.
To access, you’ll need valid login credentials from your provider. Mobile users can also log in to their sportsbook of choice for live betting whenever the Flames are in action. The subscription service NHL Live is also an option, but local blackout rules are generally in effect. TuneIn radio and other providers provide streaming of the audio feed of Flames games.
While we’ve covered many of the ins and outs of Calgary Flames hockey, there’s still plenty more to know. Here are some facts and figures from the present day and throughout franchise history.
According to the latest NHL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Flames carry a price tag of $480 million. That places them in the middle of the road for the league in general, as well as among Canada-based NHL teams. The New York Rangers are the most valuable club at $1.65 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens at $1.5 billion and $1.34 billion, respectively.
The Flames came into existence as an Atlanta expansion franchise in 1972. The team lasted in Atlanta until 1980 when financial troubles forced a sale and relocation. The Calgary Flames began play in 1980, originally at the Stampede Corral before moving to the current digs at the Saddledome in 1983.
It’s Matthew Tkachuk at the top of the charts with a current salary of $7 million per season. He joined the team as a first-round draft choice in 2016. All told, six Flames players carried a cap number of $6 million or more for the 2020-21 NHL season.
A total of 11 players and five builders who spent at least part of their careers with the Flames are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here are the players along with their year of induction.
The Flames have been very selective with this honour to date. Just three former Calgary players have seen their numbers head to the rafters permanently.
The franchise has also honoured two players with the distinction of “Forever a Flame” in lieu of the standard jersey retirement.
The Flames have reached the Stanley Cup Final three times in franchise history, losing twice and winning once. Since the last appearance in 2003-04, the club hasn’t advanced any further than the second round of the playoffs in eight attempts. Here’s a summary of the franchise’s three appearances:
Calgary has topped the 100-point plateau five times in franchise history. The first time came in 1987-88, while the most recent occurred in 2018-19. Here’s how they fared for those five seasons along with the ultimate end result in the postseason.
Calgary has never landed the first overall pick in the NHL draft. In fact, the team has managed to land a top 10 selection fewer than 10 times over the past several decades. Here are those picks:
As is the case in a number of offensive categories, Jarome Iginla tops the charts for game-winning goals for the Flames. Here are the top five on the list.
During his time in Calgary, Mikka Kiprusoff set a number of Flames franchise records, including shutouts. Here’s the all-time leaders in that category.