Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames: NHL Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Updated Mar 29, 2018

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The Columbus Blue Jackets were looking for an offensive spark when they traded for veteran Thomas Vanek. He's delivered with seven goals in 14 games with his new club.

Columbus
45-30-3-4
AT
March 29, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
37-35-5-5
Puckline -1.5 +135

83%

Betting Action

17%

Puckline +1.5 -160

83%

Betting Action

17%

Calgary might have to forfeit its moniker to Columbus because there’s no questioning which side is on fire right now. The Blue Jackets aim for their 13th win in their last 14 games and hope to extend the Flames’ losing streak to seven when they visit Calgary in this NHL matchup.

Blue Jackets vs. Flames Betting Analysis

The Blue Jackets scored seven unanswered goals to top the Edmonton Oilers 7-3 in Edmonton on Tuesday. Columbus is 43-34 straight up overall this season and just a point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the Metropolitan division.

Calgary’s miserable second half of the season cruelly continues to worsen by the week. The Flames have been outscored 28-7 during their six-game losing skid. The club stands in 11th place in the Western Conference with 80 points in 77 games played and a 35-42 SU record. A $100 bettor would be down $1337 if they had bet on the Flames every game this season.

The Blue Jackets and Flames haven’t played since November when the Jackets won 1-0 in overtime as -144 home favourites.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus has to be happy with its business done at the trade deadline. Defenceman Ian Cole has seven points in 15 games with his new club and winger Tomas Vanek picked up a hat trick against the Oilers. Vanek has seven goals in 14 games in a Columbus uniform.

The Blue Jackets are playing great hockey despite a lack of star power up the middle. Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky have regressed offensively while dealing with injuries this season. Head coach John Tortorella is getting his best production at the centre position from 19-year-old rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois who played on the wing for much of his time in the QMJHL.

Calgary Flames

Goals are hard to come by these days for coach Glen Gulutzan’s club. Calgary has been shut out three times in its last five games and its leading goal-scoring, Sean Monahan, is out for the year. The Flames are 0-for-22 on the power play over their last nine games.

Blue Jackets vs. Flames Prediction

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