Columbus Blue Jackets (43-29-5) at Calgary Flames (35-32-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 29, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Flames / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: 5.5
Thursday NHL action brings us to the Scotiabank Saddledome where the Calgary Flames host the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Columbus Blue Jackets bounced back from a loss to St. Louis that ended a ten game winning streak to upend Edmonton 7-3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Drake Caggiula scored for he Oilers and Cam Talbot allowed five goals on 18 shots before Laurent Brossoit stopped 7-9 in relief.
The Blue Jackets scored seven consecutive goals with Thomas Vanek logging a hat trick while Artemi Panarin, Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Markus Nutivaara also lit the lamp. Jenner and Alexander Wennberg added two assists each to make an easy winner of Sergei Bobrovsky and hiss 22 saves that kept the Blue Jackets hot.
The Calgary Flames have really been struggling for consistency at both ends of the ice to no avail. Calgary has gone from a playoff contender to the outside looking in with the mired in a six game slide following a 3-0 loss at the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles saw Tyler Toffoli and Anze Koptar score second period power play goals with Jeff Carter scoring with the man advantage in the third. Dion Phaneuf and Dustin Brown posted a pair of helpers each and Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots while Mike Smith took the loss with 26 saves.
Blue Jackets are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 7-0 in Blue Jackets last 7 road games and Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. Flames are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and Flames are 0-7 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and Flames are 0-6 in their last 6 overall. Blue Jackets are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Calgary and under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Calgary.
I’m not going to overthink this one so backing a hot Blue Jackets squad is what I’m looking at…