Calgary Flames vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/9/14
St. Louis Blues (30-7-5) at Calgary Flames (15-22-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +162 / St. Louis Blues -178 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
Western Conference opponents square off at the Scotiabank Saddledome as the visiting St. Louis Blues take on the Calgary Flames.
Despite the strong play all season by the St. Louis Blues, the luck has not been in its favor in the health department. The most recent Blue to go down is winger T.J. Oshie, who left Tuesday’s game against the Oilers after a knee-on-knee collision. Oshie’s return for Thursday’s game is questionable at this time. In the game at Edmonton, the Blues allowed the Oilers to hang around through the better part of the second period before pulling away in a 5-2 win. The Blues have not had much trouble finding the twine, even with the litany of injuries this season to St. Louis offensive unit, but the defense is also equally responsible for the club’s impressive record. The defense allowed merely 18 shots on backup goaltender Brian Elliot, who made 16 saves to capture his 13th win of the season.
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The Calgary Flames followed a confidence-gaining win over the Colorado Avalanche with an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. There simply is not a lot to say about the loss to the Yotes, the game was even through the first frame before Phoenix opened the floodgates on Calgary goaltender Reto Barra. The Flames have only come away victorious in two of the last 11 games and have quickly become chummy with the league’s bottom feeders.
The home team in this matchup is 4-0 in the last four meetings, but the Flames are 0-4 in the last four home games. The Blues have covered the puck line in three straight games and five of the last nine overall, while Calgary has lost by two or more goals in five of the last six games overall. I foresee a Blues team eager to avenge a recent shootout loss at Calgary and a Flames squad hungry coming off of a terrible performance. The money line offers nothing for prospective gamblers, so I would steer clear of a play on either side, unless you look to a play on the Blues to cover the puck line for an incredible fourth straight game. With the continued offensive success of St. Louis and the defensive woes of Calgary, my play will be the over in this game, but with better options on the Thursday NHL card it is just a lean.