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(18-5-3-1) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames (16-4-1-1)
Date: Friday December 16th
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Flames -105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Blue Jackets just keep on winning.
They’ll look to ride their hot streak into Calgary on Friday night as the Flames look to start up a new winning streak.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets have rattled off 6 straight wins and are one of the hottest teams in the NHL currently.
Columbus has played the fewest amount of games in the Eastern Conference, which is the main reason for them sitting in 4th place. Win percentage wise, they’re right up there with the tops of the entire league.
It’s been a combination of just about everything going right for the Blue Jackets, but in particular G Sergei Bobrovsky has been the biggest piece to this early season success.
Bobrovsky is 17-5-2 on the season and sits with a GAA of just 1.94.
Road play for Columbus has also been extremely solid. The Blue Jackets enter Thursday with an 8-2-2-1 record while averaging 2.6 goals per game to just the 1.92 they allow.
This team has a lot of depth and has a lot of different players that can find the back of the net. The winning formula for them has been not allowing a lot of chances on the defensive end and getting a lot of looks in front of the net on the offensive end.
Calgary was right with the Blue Jackets as a hot team in the NHL.
The Flames strung together 6 straight wins prior to their loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Calgary has climbed into 4th place in the Pacific division and are right in the thick of the middle of the pack in the Western conference. It’s been the defense that has been the biggest key to success for this Flames team as of late.
They allowed 3 goals just one time during the streak and as they rarely allowed the opposition to get anything easy in their zone. Calgary allowed 2.8 goals per game which is 20th in the NHL.
Calgary is a younger team that has a lot of energy. They like to get up and down the ice quickly and efficiently. Look for them to match the Blue Jackets level here on Friday night as they’ll try to turn this into a track meet.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Pacific.
- Blue Jackets are 20-6 in their last 26 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blue Jackets are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.
- Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- Flames are 12-5 in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Flames are 21-52 in their last 73 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Calgary Flames NHL Hockey Prediction
This will be a back and forth kind of game where both teams have plenty of opportunities on goal.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Blue Jackets -118
Expect a lot of goals here in this one, that comes down to the wire on Friday.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 5 – Calgary 4
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