Blue Jackets vs. Flames Prediction - NHL Picks 1/23/23
Calgary Flames (22-16-9) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (14-30-2)
Game Info: Monday, January 23, 2023 at 9:30 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -390 / Columbus Blue Jackets +300 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Calgary Flames on Monday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are 14-30-2 this season after they defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Columbus out shot San Jose by a total of 29-25 and went 1-2 on the power play in the win. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.46 goals per game, 3.87 goals against per game, 14.9% on the power play, and 77.3% on the penalty kill. Johnny Gaudreau has led the Blue Jackets with 13 goals, 31 assists, and 121 shots on goal this season. The projected started goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 5-13-0 this season with a 4.48 goals against average and a .868 save percentage.
The Calgary Flames are 22-16-9 this season after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 6-3 in their last game. Calgary out shot Tampa Bay by a total of 41-24 and went 6-6 on the penalty kill in the win. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.09 goals per game, 2.96 goals against per game, 20% on the power play, and 82.7% on the penalty kill. Elias Lindholm has led the Flames this season with 14 goals, 28 assists, and 105 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 13-12-5 this season with a 2.82 goals against average and a .895 save percentage.
Columbus is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Pacific and 0-6 in their last 6 Monday games. The over is 5-2 in Columbus’ last 7 games. Calgary is 11-3 in their last 14 Monday games and 3-7 in their last 10 games against the Metropolitan. The under is 9-4 in Calgary’s last 13 games. Columbus is 1-6 in these two teams last 7 head to head meetings.
Columbus comes into this game in last place in the Metropolitan Division standings and has lost three of their last four games, while Calgary has won three of their last five games and will be at home. Columbus has played very poorly on the road and has a road record of 3-15-1 so far this year. Calgary is 13-8-2 on home ice and they are the much better team in this matchup. I like the Flames to win this game by at least two goals.
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