Blue Jackets vs Flames Prediction NHL Picks 1/25/24

Calgary Flames (21-21-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (14-23-9)

Game Info: Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -196 / Columbus Blue Jackets +162 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Calgary Flames on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Columbus has lost five of their last six games, while Calgary is on a three game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Blue Jackets vs Flames prediction.

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 14-23-9 this year after they lost to Edmonton by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Columbus was tied at one in the third period, but they allowed three goals for the loss. The Blue Jackets out shot Edmonton by a total of 28-24 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Columbus lost to New Jersey by a score of 4-1 in the game prior to Edmonton, but did beat Vancouver before that. The Blue Jackets are scoring 2.91 goals per game and they are allowing 3.74 goals against per game, while going 14.4% on the power play and 79.4% on the penalty kill. Johnny Gaudreau has led Columbus with seven goals, 22 assists, and 91 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Daniil Tarasov, who is 2-4-2 this year with a 4.09 goals against average and a .875 save percentage. 

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Patrik Laine has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances in night games.
  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one assist in five of his last six appearances at Scotiabank Saddledome.
  • Boone Jenner has the most multi-goal games for the Blue Jackets this season (2).

Flames Preview

The Calgary Flames are 21-21-5 this season after they lost to St. Louis by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Calgary led 3-1 in the second period, but they allowed the last three goals in the game for the loss. The Flames out shot St. Louis by a total of 35-26 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Calgary lost to Edmonton by a score of 3-1 and Toronto by a score of 4-3 in the two games prior to St. Louis. The Flames are scoring 3.11 goals per game and they are allowing 3.11 goals against per game, while going 13.5% on the power play and 84.4% on the penalty kill. Blake Coleman has led Calgary with 20 goals, 19 assists, and 109 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 13-12-2 this year with a 2.64 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. 

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

  • Yegor Sharangovich has scored at least one goal in each of the Flames' last four games as favorites.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances with the Flames as favorites.
  • Blake Coleman has recorded an assist in each of the Flames' last four games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Yegor Sharangovich ranks T1st in the Western Conference for shootout goals (3) this season.

Blue Jackets vs Flames Betting Prediction

Both of these teams have struggled in their recent games, but Calgary has been the better team this season and they will be at home for this game. The Flames are 11-10-1 at home, while Columbus is 5-10-5 on the road. The Blue Jackets are allowing 3.74 goals against per game this season, which is one of the worst in the NHL. Columbus has also only scored a total of two goals in their last two games. The Blue Jackets are not a good team and this is a perfect bounce back spot for Calgary. Take the Flames -1.5. 

David’s Pick Flames -1.5

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