Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 03, 2020

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On Wednesday, the Flames host the Blue Jackets, who are coming off a win but have lost 10 of their last 12 contests. Which side is the best bet in this matchup?

Columbus
33-22-11-4
AT
March 04, 2020, 8:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
36-27-6-1
Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +155
Over / Under o +5.5

26%

Betting Action

74%

Puckline -1.5 +153
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +5.5

26%

Betting Action

74%

The Calgary Flames have been a predictable team over the last over the last month: they either win one or two games, or lose one or two games. Those have been their streaks. The Flames lost three in a row on February first to fourth but have mostly been treading water since then.

Blue Jackets vs. Flames Betting Analysis

The Blue Jackets are a very shaky road bet as they are just 12-9-10 on the year in away games. That translates to 12-19 for bettors. They’ve lost five straight road games.

As for the Flames, they’re not a great home team. They are just 14-12-4 – or 14-16 to bettors – at the Saddledome. They’ve lost six of their last seven at home and many of those losses have been costly. The Flames have lost as favorites of -165, -135, -105, -185, -160, -115 and -165.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets road woes are quite easy to figure out: they score exactly 2.61 goals per game at home and on the road. The difference is what they’re allowing as they give up just 2.28 when they’re at home, which is the third-best mark in the NHL but on the road, that number balloons to 3.00.

The good news for the Blue Jackets is they might be edging out of their slump as they had lost 10 of 11 before beating Vancouver on Sunday. The Blue Jackets offense got in gear with five goals, which came from five different sources. 11 different players registered at least one point. Considering they had been averaging just 2.2 goals per game over their previous 11 contests, this was a really positive breakout.

Calgary Flames

The Flames are currently in third place in the Pacific Division, so they would be playoff-bound if the postseason started today. However, it’s quite clear that this isn’t the same team that finished with the most points in the West last season. There’s just no consistency to this team and if the playoffs started today, they’d be just one of three teams (in both conferences) that has a negative goal differential.

The Flames just don’t have any solutions in net as David Rittich continues to be perform as a replacement-level player. He’s now allowed four goals or more in four of his last six starts. It’s hard to win games when that’s the case. The Flames have dropped six of his last 10 outings. If he gets the start, keep in mind that he has a lousy .897 save percentage at home this season.

On the other hand, we might see Cam Talbot, who has mostly been relegated to the backup role. He’s coming off a shutout win but had given up four goals in each of his last three starts. He also has a shaky .900 save percentage at home this year.

Who Will Win Blue Jackets vs. Flames?

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