Blue Jackets vs Flames Prediction NHL Picks Today 10/20
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- Oct 19, 2023, 6:36:55 PM
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NHL Predictions: Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Get ready for an exciting NHL matchup as the Calgary Flames face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flames are coming into this game with a 1-1-1 record, while the Blue Jackets are 1-2 after a rough start. Join us as we break down this clash and provide expert insights and betting odds.
The game is set for October 20, 2023, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, with a 4:00 PM start time. The betting line is close, with the Flames at -115 and the over/under set at 6.5 goals.
The Calgary Flames have shown their offensive prowess, averaging 3.50 goals per game. Andrew Mangiapane leads the team in points with 4, including 2 goals and 2 assists. The Flames have displayed scoring potential, and they'll aim to continue their offensive production against the Blue Jackets.
Defensively, the Flames have allowed an average of 4.00 goals per game. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom will be crucial in stabilizing their defense and securing a win for Calgary.
The Flames are fortunate to have no injured players listed, giving them a full lineup for this game.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming off a terrible offensive display, scoring no goals in their previous game. Boone Jenner leads the team with 3 goals, including a hat trick in their win over the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets have the potential to put up goals on the scoreboard.
Defensively, the Blue Jackets have allowed an average of 3.50 goals per game. Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins has been impressive with a 1.23 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage.
Zach Werenski: out (quad), Elvis Merzlikins: day to day (illness), Jordan Dumais: out (undisclosed), Daniil Tarasov: out (undisclosed), Yegor Chinakhov: out (undisclosed).
In this matchup, the Calgary Flames have the edge, primarily because of the Columbus Blue Jackets' early-season struggles to score. With the Flames showing offensive firepower and Andrew Mangiapane leading the way, they are in a strong position to secure a victory.
The Blue Jackets' inability to find the back of the net in their first game could continue to haunt them, especially against a Flames team that has been scoring consistently. Betting on the Flames to win offers a good chance of success in this game.
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Pick: Calgary Flames ML -110