Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 3/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-14) at Calgary Flames (34-26-7)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: Calgary Flames -165 / Columbus Blue Jackets +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5

TV: Sportsnet, FS-Ohio

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on a 5-3 win over Vancouver in their last outing. Vancouver opened the scoring just a minute into the game and doubled the lead just after the seven-minute mark of the opening period. Kevin Stenlund pulled a goal back just after the midway point of the opening period, sending us to the 2nd with a 2-1 scoreline. The Canucks added a 3rd goal in the 2nd period, but Riley Nash would respond later in the 3rd period before Zach Werenski tied the game at three just 2:27 later. Emil Bemstrom gave Columbus the lead with less than two minutes to go, and the Blue Jackets iced the win with a Gustav Nyquist empty-netter In the dying seconds of the 3rd. Joonas Korpisalo got the win to improve to 19-11-4 on the year after stopping 36 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Calgary Flames will look to build on a 3-0 win over Florida last time out. Johnny Gaudreau opened the scoring for Calgary with the lone goal of the opening period just 6:21 into the game before Milan Lucic doubled Calgary’s lead just after the three-minute mark of the 2nd period. T.J. Brodie made it 3-0 just over a minute into the 3rd period, and despite Florida outshooting the Flames 38-28 in the game, Calgary still held on for the shutout victory. Cam Talbot picked up the win in goal to improve to 10-10-1 on the year after stopping all 38 shots faced in the winning effort for his 2nd shutout of the year.

Columbus is 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Calgary is 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Columbus is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Calgary.

This game for me is about picking the lesser of two evils as you have Columbus who still have issues buying a win right now against a Calgary team that’s been playing better but suddenly can’t win on home ice if their proverbial lives depended on it. With that said, these two teams only play twice a year, so head-to-head stats sometimes don’t hold as much water in an argument. Columbus can’t buy a win on the road lately, and the Flames are just playing the better hockey and are due for a bounce back performance at home here. I’ll side with Calgary to get the job done in regulation.

Chris’s Pick Calgary in Regulation -105

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