Blue Jackets vs. Flames - 1/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (20-21-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (17-26-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -110 / Calgary Flames +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Calgary Flames could use a nice win after losing six of their last nine games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 19 goals, Sean Monahan has 15 assists and Sam Bennett has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their power play chances. Karri Ramo has allowed 77 goals on 851 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 39 goals on 331 shots. Ramo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 16 goals, Scott Hartnell has 16 assists and Boone Jenner has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 65 goals on 740 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 39 goals on 349 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Flames are 6-20 in their last 26 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Pacific. The Flames are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
Both teams could use a victory here, but it's the Blue Jackets who have beaten the Flames in five of the last six meetings. In a toss up matchup, hard not to side with the home team that's had the edge in the past meetings.