Blues vs. Flames Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/28/20
Game: St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blues (-117) Flames (+106)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (26-19-5, 3rd in the Pacific Division) host the St. Louis Blues (30-11-8, 1st in the Central Division) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. The Flames open this contest at +106 while the Blues are coming in at -117. The O/U is set at 6. The Blues cover 61.2% of the time, having gone 30-19 SU. Calgary covers 46.7% of the time, going 21-24 straight up.
The St. Louis Blues head into this game holding a record of 30 wins and 11 losses, putting them at 1st in the Central Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 158 goals which puts them at 3rd in the conference and 10th in the league. Their goal differential is +27, putting them at 6th in the league. The Blues have earned a total of 68 pts, which puts them at 3rd in the league and 1st in the West. In terms of shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,482 which puts them at 10th in the Western Conference and 21st in the league. As a group, St. Louis currently has a total of 924 hits which has them averaging 18.9 per contest. They have earned a total of 463 blocks for the season. The goalie for St. Louis is Jordan Binnington from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He is 26 years old and has played 2,043 minutes minding the goal for the campaign. Binnington is allowing 2.58 goals against average which has him sitting 8th among Western Conference goalies and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he's allowed 88 goals. His save % is .912 which has him sitting 14th among Western Conference goalies.
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The St. Louis Blues will look for better times on the ice after their 5 - 3 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche in their last game. The Blues offense didn't overly impress in the defeat. In this matchup, they earned a goal on 3 of the 24 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 4 power play attempts and notched 1 goal out of those tries. St. Louis ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Blues was 40 and the Corsi against was 33 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 54.8%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against was 24, meaning they had a rate of 55.6%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 15 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 59.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 82.7 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Colorado Avalanche earned 18 shots. They had a total of 8 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Flames will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 26 victories and 19 losses. With regard to goal differential, they are ranked 12th in the West and 25th in the league with -17. They have a total of 130 goals for the season which has them ranked at 11th in the West. Calgary has a team save percentage of .909 which has them sitting 10th in the league, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 8.3% putting them at 13th in the Western Conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.77 goals per contest and that places him 11th in the West and 25th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,126 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 98 goals. His save percentage is .913, which ranks him 12th in the West and 24th among goalies in the NHL.
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The Calgary Flames played the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Flames took a loss by a score of 5 - 2. For this game, Calgary earned a 72.2% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 70 while their opponent had a Corsi of 27. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 70.4% with a Fenwick of 50 and the Senators having a 21 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Calgary played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 80.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 70.6%. The Flames netted 2 goals of the 42 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to score a goal. As for the opposition, the Senators had 1 power play opportunity and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Calgary gave way to 21 shots on goal and the Senators earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (+106)
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