On Saturday night, the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames drop the puck at the Saddledome in Calgary. They are looking to get back pointing forward after losses, with the Blues on a back-to-back after a 6-5 loss in overtime at Edmonton last night.
The Flames are on the heels of back-to-back losses. They had a hard-fought 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche and then followed up with a shootout loss to the LA Kings on Thursday.
Wrapping up this homestand against the Blues ?
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 2, 2022
Calgary had just come off an entertaining 9-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers last weekend. After pummeling their Albertan rivals for 9 goals, the Flames didn’t have any goals left for the Avalanche.
Despite the two losses, the Flames feel good about where they’re at going into tonight. They are 40-18-9 and have 89 points for a five-point lead in the Pacific Division.
The Flames are exceeding expectations this season, but it will mean little if they have a short stay in the playoffs. Everyone starts at 0-0 in the postseason.
St. Louis is finding success in the Central Division in the 2021-22 campaign. The Blues know what getting hot at the right time in the spring is like, so we’ll see if it’s in them again.
They’re going into tonight with a record of 37-20-10 and 84 points in the Central. The Blues sit well behind the 107-point Avalanche, but this is an Avs team that has faltered in the playoffs before
In what should be an entertaining matchup at the Saddledome, head below for our free Blues vs. Flames prediction on April 2, 2022.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|St. Louis Blues||+1.5 (-120)||+215||Over 6.5 (-105)|
|Calgary Flames||-1.5 (+100)||-260||Under 6.5 (-115)|
|Team Data||St. Louis Blues||Calgary Flames|
|Goals Per Game||3.54||3.46|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.90||2.45|
|Shots Per Game||30.63||35.79|
|Shots Against Per Game||31.43||29.28|
Blues vs. Flames Prediction:
This season, the Blues are in good form, primarily in the offensive zone. They are the fifth-best team in the NHL statistically on offense.
St. Louis has scored an average of 3.54 goals per game, and they haven’t had issues going on the road. As a visiting team this season, the Blues have recorded 3.42 goals per game.
There is a lot of depth with this team in St. Louis. At least five Blues have scored at least 20 goals and eight with a minimum of 15 goals.
All of their lines are capable of scoring goals. During a long tournament in the NHL Playoffs, the Blues’ depth should help them out nicely.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing recently, though. St. Louis has won three of their previous nine attempts, with the defense letting them down.
There hasn’t been a problem finding the back of the net, but the puck is also landing in their net. The Blues have scored 3.8 goals a game in their last ten attempts.
However, they have gotten hit for 3.9 goals per game in that time. On the road, the Blues are allowing 3.06 goals per game.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames Betting Trends:
- 0-4 overall in their previous four games on a back-to-back
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games
- OVER is 10-1-1 in their previous 12 games as an underdog on the road
- OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games on a back-to-back
- 14-6 overall in their previous 20 games at home
- 15-4 overall in their previous 19 games
- OVER is 6-3 in their previous nine games versus the Blues
Calgary is scoring at a healthy clip this season with an average of 3.46 goals per game. They are tied for the seventh-best offense in the NHL in this regard.
The Flames went off for 9 goals in a 9-5 win over the Oilers three games back. Variance got to them hard after that performance, though. They recorded just 3 goals in their last two trips on the ice.
St. Louis has recently struggled to close passing lanes in the defensive zone. Saturday night looks like a good spot for the Flames to get back on track. I’m looking at a 4-3 final at the Saddledome, with the OVER hitting in a tight contest.