The Columbus Blue Jackets (14-23-9) travel to face off against the Calgary Flames (21-21-5) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and televised on ESPN+. Both the Blue Jackets and Flames will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 ET.
Blue Jackets vs Flames
The Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Blue Jackets have a record of 14-23-9, which puts them in 16th place in the Eastern Conference and 8th place in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Columbus has gone 3-7.
On the road this season, the Blue Jackets are 5-10-5 and have lost their last two games away from home. As the underdog, Columbus has a record of 13-21-8 and has lost two straight games when not favored.
On the season, the Blue Jackets have an average scoring margin of -.8 goals per game. So far, Columbus has 18 losses by more than one goal compared to just 6 wins by multiple goals. Overall, the team’s puck line record is 27-19.
As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 26-16, including a road record of 14-6. Their average scoring margin on the road is -.1 goals per game. In their last 10 road games, Columbus has gone 6-4 against the puck line.
In their most recent game, the Blue Jackets fell to the Oilers on the road by a score of 4-1. The Blue Jackets started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. Columbus”s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 28 shots on goal in total.
Coming in as the underdog, Columbus not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 7 with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Calgary Flames Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At 21-21-5, the Flames are 12th in the Western Conference and 6th in the Pacific Division. They have lost three straight games and are 0-3 in their last three games. At home, Calgary is 11-10-1 this season and has lost three straight games at home.
When favored, the Flames are 11-9-2 this season and have been favored in 22 of their 47 games. Against the Western Conference, Calgary is 14-15, and they are 6-6 against teams in the Pacific Division.
Calgary comes into the game with an average scoring differential of -.1 goals per game, and they have 13 losses this year by more than one goal. So far, the Flames have gone 24-23 against the puck line, including going 11-11 at home.
When playing at home, Calgary’s average scoring margin is at .0 goals per game, and they have gone just 7-15 against the puck line as the favorite. Overall, the team’s puck line record as the favorite is 17-8, and they have dropped two straight games vs. the puck line.
Coming off a 4-3 loss at home to the Blues, the Flames are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Flames scored one goal in the first period and two times in the second period. In the game, Calgary managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 35 shots on goal and committed 21 turnovers.
Calgary took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
Columbus Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 24th in the league. This year, the Blue Jackets have recorded a 4-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-16 record.
This season, the Blue Jackets have an over/under record of 23-21-2. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.7 per game.
Flames Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Flames come in averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, which is 16th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Flames offense is 25th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 3rd in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Flames’ is 26-20-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 25 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Columbus Team Defense
Entering the game, the Blue Jackets’ defense ranks 28th in takeaways, averaging 5.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.5 goals per game.
Calgary Team Defense
Defensively, the Flames come into the season ranked 20th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against Calgary. For the season, they are ranked 27th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Blue Jackets vs Flames Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 3-7 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games at home, the Flames have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Flames have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 4-1.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Columbus has an puck line mark of 3-7 while going 3-7 straight up.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Blue Jackets to secure a victory over the Flames on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +160, I’m locking in my bet on the Blue Jackets straight-up.
Our projections have the Blue Jackets pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blue Jackets, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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