Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames - 2/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames - 2/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (26-13-6) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (23-22-1)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -225 / Columbus Blue Jackets +170 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Calgary Flames host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 23-22-1. Through 46 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 147 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.61 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 21st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th ranked team in the NHL.

The Calgary Flames get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 26-13-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 45 games, the Flames have scored 152 goals, giving them an average of 3.33. This output gives them a rank of 11th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.4 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 46 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner with 33 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 30 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -6 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.31 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 45 games, he has come up with 19 goals and 39 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. Of his 24 goals, 29% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +36. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.12 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Calgary's 45 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 24-19. So far, the Flames have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 9 of their 17 games at Scotiabank Saddledome.On the season, the Calgary Flames have a per-game scoring differential of 0.98. when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.78 goals. Heading into this game, the Calgary Flames are the winners of each of their last five games. During this stretch, they have scored 24 goals, accounting for 73.0% of the scoring in these contests. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.33 goals per game 5 times.

 

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