The game of the night in the NHL might be in Calgary, Alberta featuring the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames. The defending Stanley Cup Champions are in Calgary for a stop at the Saddledome on their four-game road trip. This is the fourth game, so the Blues will finally head home following tonight. The Blues haven’t played at home since a 4-3 win on November 1st against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They haven’t lost since a 3-0 defeat against the Bruins on October 26th. That equals a six-game win streak for the Blues, as they’ve advanced to 11-3-3 on the season. They’ve certainly looked like the team who won the Stanley Cup recently.
St. Louis opened the season with a loss against the Capitals in a matchup that featured the previous two champions in the NHL. They’ve also gone on a four-game losing streak, so the Blues have seen a little of everything in the early stages of 2019-20. The Blues didn’t get going last season until the second-half of the year. As you probably know, the Blues went from last to first to win the Cup in unprecedent fashion. From an expansion team reaching the Stanley Cup Final the season before to a last-place squad ultimately winning the next year, the NHL can be a wild unpredictable ride.
The Blues will not be going into the New Year last this season. It’s clear that they have much more confidence than they did at this point in 2018-19. Jordan Binnington was a big reason for their flip last season. Binnington who believed he deserved the Calder Trophy, has been playing well out of the gates for the Blues.
Jake Allen was an absolute dumpster fire and the Blues really had no other choices but to see what Binnington would bring to the table. He brought more than they could have ever imagined. They take on a Flames team who bowed out in the playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche last season. It was a disappointing ending to a nice regular season for the Flames. They surprised with a record of 50-25-7, but didn’t get to celebrate much in the spring. Calgary got off to a slow start this year, though appear to be turning the corner. The Blues are on a win streak going into this one and the Flames are winners in four of their last five games. Head below for our free Blues vs. Flames pick.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames Pick
There’s no denying that the Blues have been playing some good hockey recently. Doing have been doing it on a long road trip, which saw them have wins against the Wild, Canucks, and Oilers. They can sweep the road trip with a win against the Flames in Calgary. Having said that, the Flames have been playing some fine hockey recently as well. They were not looking good early on, though. The Flames opened the year with just two wins in six games.
A come from behind win against the Predators changed their course. Down 3 in the final frame against the Preds, the Flames erased a 4-1 deficit to win in overtime. The Flames have gone 4-1-0 since then, with their only loss against a Capitals team who’ve been beating everyone. They’ve looked a lot more like the team we saw register a record of 50-25-7 in 2018-19. In their previous two outings, the Flames have scored 9 goals as opposed to 5 goals against. Their offence has had no issues finding the back of the net in Calgary at home.
The Flames have notched an average of 3.88 goals per contest at home this year. Conversely, the Blues have allowed just over 3 goals per game away from home. St. Louis have scored 3.33 goals per game as visitors. On paper this is a fairly even matchup and the public seems to be falling into favour with the plus money on the Blues in this spot.
Just like the Canucks last night, this looks like a spot where the oddsmakers are trying to lay down a trap. The price looked good on the Canucks last night, but they struggled in a 4-1 loss against the Jets. I see it as being the same case in Calgary tonight. Expect the Flames to be the more focused and energized team, as the Blues wrap up a lengthy road trip in Calgary. The Blues have already had a successful road trip and are likely thinking of their flight back home instead of the Flames in this one. St. Louis at +115 look too good to pass up, but I think there’s a good reason for that. Consider the Flames at home on Saturday night.