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Flames vs Blue Jackets Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 1/23/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (14-30-2) vs. Calgary Flames (22-16-9)
January 23, 2023 9:30 pm EDT
The Line: Calgary Flames -357 / Columbus Blue Jackets +270; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames meet Monday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Columbus with 13 goals, Jack Roslovic has 22 assists and Patrik Laine has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 55 goals on 593 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 79 goals on 599 shots.

The Calgary Flames Betting Preview

The Calgary Flames are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nazem Kadri leads Calgary with 18 goals, Elias Lindholm has 28 assists and Mikael Backlund has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 87 goals on 825 shots faced, and Dan Vladar has given up 45 goals on 477 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 19-51 in their last 70 road games and 19-46 in their last 65 overall. The Flames are 11-3 in their last 14 Monday games and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 5-2 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall. The under is 9-4 in Flames last 13 overall. The Blue Jackets are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Calgary and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 16-7 in the last 23 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Randy’s Free Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going nowhere fast, and they play their worst hockey by far on the road. There’s only three teams that have lost bettors more money this season than the Blue Jackets. There’s no reason why the Flames don’t win this game comfortably, and the line suggests that. Give me the Flames and the PL for max betting value.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Calgary Flames -1.5

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Randy Chambers

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