Flames Conclude Tough Back-to-Back Against Blues
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Calgary completed an impressive two-goal comeback against the Nashville Predators last night to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, pushing the Flames above the .500 mark. This team appears to play better away from the Saddledome, earning four of five wins on the road.
St. Louis has quietly taken care of business, jumping out of the gates to surpass the Blackhawks for an early-season lead in the Central. The Blues enjoyed a well-deserved rest after earning five of six points during a tough stretch where the team played three games in four nights.
Good thing the Flames earned a pair of points last night - winning the second game of a back-to-back against a great team like the Blues is an extremely difficult task.
Expect the Flames to fade after the halfway point of the game, and St. Louis to win decisively, making the puckline worth considering.
The over/under for this game stands at 5.5 goals, and both teams have been relatively tidy in their own zone this year, allowing 5.45 goals per game combined.
Calgary and St. Louis have gone over 5.5 in three of their last six meetings, but average 7.16 goals per game during this time. Considering Calgary’s lack of rest and St. Louis’ long layoff, these teams should combine for at least six goals this evening.
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Calgary had to hustle for a post season spot last year because of goaltending issues. A tandem of Chad Johnson and Brian Elliott weren’t enough to hold the line, even with Calgary’s deep defensive corps. The Flames added veteran netminder Mike Smith during the offseason, solidifying the crease. They also added Travis Hamonic, creating one of the finest top four backlines in the NHL.
So far the results have been solid, other than giving up six goals when the Ottawa Senators tore through the west coast a couple of weeks ago.
The Flames new defensive configuration has made them more resilient on the road, where they’ve enjoyed most of their success this year, including big wins against the Ducks, Kings and Predators. They’ll need to dig deep this evening after a draining 3-2 shootout win last night.
St. Louis is one of the deadliest teams in the NHL, boasting a fast group of skilled skaters, including Victor Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz. Goalie Jake Allen grew into a number one starter last year after coach Hitchcock hit the road.
Over their last ten meetings, the St. Louis Blues have a 7-2-1 record against the Calgary Flames. However, the Flames have beaten the Blues in three of their last four meetings, with two of three wins taking place in St. Louis. As a result, the moneylines for this matchup are a bit skewed towards Calgary, even if they’re playing their second game in two nights. This improves the payout for betting on the Blues, who should have a considerable advantage this evening.
Over their last ten meetings, these teams average 6.2 goals per game, despite scoring six or more goals only three times in their last ten. Only one of ten games featured less than five goals total, and six games had a total of five goals. Due to fatigue, Calgary’s defense should be less effective than usual, and St. Louis will be eager to put the game away after their overtime loss to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. A score of 5-3 or 4-2 appears to be the most likely result instead of a low-scoring sixty minutes.
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