Calgary Flames (21-10-2) at St. Louis Blues (12-14-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 16, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues +110 / Calgary Flames -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues meet Sunday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The Calgary Flames look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 20 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 29 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 55 goals on 493 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 31 goals on 392 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The St. Louis Blues look for a big home victory after splitting their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan O'Reilly leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Vladimir Tarasenko has 11 assists and Brayden Schenn has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 68 goals on 685 shots faced and Chad Johnson has allowed 29 goals on 250 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 1-7 in their last 8 Sunday games. The Flames are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis. The over is 7-3 in Blues last 10 overall. The under is 13-3 in Flames last 16 road games.
The Calgary Flames are playing better hockey, but they've had issues on the end of back to backs and have had almost zero success over the years playing in St. Louis. The St. Louis Blues are due for a big victory after some hit and miss results, and they have the offensive firepower to match these hot Flames. Based on the value of the slight plus money, I'm going to back the Blues on their home ice.