Blues vs Flames Prediction - NHL Picks 10/26/23

Calgary Flames (2-4-1) vs St. Louis Blues (2-2-1)

Game Info: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -172 / St. Louis Blues +142 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Blues will play the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. St. Louis has alternated losses and wins over their last five games, while Calgary has lost three games in a row. 

Blues Preview

The St. Louis Blues are 2-2-1 this season after they lost to Winnipeg by a score of 4-2 in their last game. St. Louis fell down 2-0 in the second period, but they were able to cut the lead to one on two different occasions, but couldn’t find the tying goal. The Blues were out shot by a total of 30-20 and went 1-4 on the power play in the loss. St. Louis’ two wins have come against Pittsburgh and Seattle at home. The St. Louis Blues are scoring 2.00 goals per game and they are allowing 2.80 goals against per game, while going 6.7% on the power play and 71.4% on the penalty kill. Robert Thomas has led the Blues this season with one goal, three assists, and eight shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington, who is 2-1-1 this season with a 1.69 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. 

Flames Preview

The Calgary Flames are 2-4-1 this year after they lost to the New York Rangers by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Calgary took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but allowed three goals in the second period for the loss. The Flames out shot New York by a total of 26-20 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Calgary has lost five of their last six games, with their only win in that time frame coming against Buffalo on the road. The Calgary Flames are scoring 2.43 goals per game and they are allowing 3.57 goals against per game, while going 12.5% on the power play and 88.9% on the penalty kill. Elias Lindholm has led the Flames this year with two goals, four assists, and 17 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 1-3-1 this season with a 2.81 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. 

Calgary Flames Team Facts

  • The Flames have lost each of their last seven Thursday games as home favorites.
  • The home team has covered the puck line in seven of the Flames' last eight games.
  • The road team has won the second period in each of the last four games between the Blues and Flames.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Flames' last seven games as favorites against Central Division opponents.

St. Louis Blues Team Facts

  • The Blues have won seven of their last eight games against the Flames following a road loss.
  • The Blues have covered the puck line in each of their last six night games against the Flames following a road loss.
  • The Blues have won the second period in six of their last seven night games against the Flames following a road loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the Blues' last eight games against Pacific Division opponents.

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

  • Andrew Mangiapane has recorded at least one point in each of the Flames' last four games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Andrew Mangiapane has recorded at least one assist in each of the Flames' last four home games.
  • Noah Hanifin has the equal-most Power Play Points for the Flames this season (2).

St. Louis Blues Player Prop Facts

  • Brandon Saad has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances in night games at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Oskar Sundqvist has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances with the Blues as underdogs against the Flames.
  • Pavel Buchnevich has recorded at least one assist in eight of the Blues' last 10 games against Pacific Division opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Calgary Flames ranks 25th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.57).
  • The Calgary Flames ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 25th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (71.43%).
  • The St. Louis Blues ranks 32nd in the league for shots per game this season (23.2).

Pick

Calgary comes into this game as a favorite to win, but they have really struggled in their last six games. St. Louis has played decently well to start the season and they are getting great work from Binnington in net. Calgary is generating about nine more shots per game than St. Louis is, while also allowing about six fewer shots per game on defense. Binnington has played great for the Blues in net, and I think St. Louis is worth a look in this game. Take the Blues here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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