Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick
The Flames enter with wins in six of their last eight games. They’ve won their last two games against the Blackhawks and Kings. Not the stingiest of tests, but it counts all the same. It’s important to win the winnable games and helps out immensely down the stretch. Conversely, the Jackets have won six of their last nine games. They are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Islanders. It was a dead even game throughout, with the shots 30-29 in favour of Columbus.
The Isles were just able to get the go-ahead goal in the 3rd to get the win. There is plenty of hidden talent on this Columbus roster. No one talks about the Blue Jackets because of their small market, but Cam Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Especially Dubois, who is only 20 years old and has notched 13 goals and 12 assists. Atkinson has recorded 16 goals and 11 assists to lead the team with 27 points.
Sergei Bobrovsky enters this evening with a flawless history against the Flames in his career. In fact, he hasn’t played better against anyone else. Bobrovsky has been stellar with a 1.88 GAA and 0.933 save percentage against the Flames in 12 appearances. This will be the first start against the Blue Jackets for David Rittich.
He’s been solid in his first season in a fulltime capacity with the Flames, as he looks to improve on a 2.21 GAA and 0.924 save percentage. The Jackets can bury the puck at home, though, with 3.75 goals per game so far in Columbus. They’ve scored an average of 5 goals in their last three outings at Nationwide Arena. Look for the Blue Jackets emerge with a victory in what should be a pretty good game in Ohio tonight.