Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-14) at Calgary Flames (34-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -165 / Columbus Blue Jackets +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 29 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 86 goals on 970 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 70 goals on 892 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 20 games.
The Calgary Flames look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 28 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 39 assists and Sean Monahan has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 134 goals on 1,447 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 59 goals on 724 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 18 games.
The Blue Jackets are 0-5 in their last 5 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 2-10 in their last 12 overall. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record, 3-7 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 1-6 in their last 7 home games. The over is 7-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 overall. The over is 10-3 in Flames last 13 home games. The Blue Jackets are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Calgary. The road team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team I always consider with the plus money simply because you can trust them defensively, but at some point you have to blindly fade them when they lose 10 of their last 12 games. The Calgary Flames have done some of their best work against average or below average teams, and they've won three straight against the Blue Jackets, outscoring them 16-8 during that span. I'll lay the juice with the Flames.