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Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary Alberta
When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 9:00 pm Eastern
We have a National Hockey League non-conference game to consider for Tuesday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets travel to Alberta for a matchup with the Calgary Flames. If the playoffs were to begin today, Columbus would be the second wild card team from the Eastern Conference and Calgary would be the top seed in the Western Conference. I’m the Flash and am happy to be previewing this contest for you today, so let’s go and make some “Cash with the Flash” on Tuesday night.
Columbus Has Work to Do
Columbus has had a solid season, posting a record of 40-28-4 this season and are sitting in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are one point behind seventh seed Carolina and three points ahead of the Canadians. The plus ten goal differential is solid as well as encouraging and what the Blue Jackets need to do is keep some distance between them and Montreal, and the best way to do this is to win hockey games, beginning with Tuesday against Calgary.
— Bob McElligott (@BobbyMacSports) March 18, 2019
The Blue Jackets are listing Nick Foligno as questionable with a personal issue. Foligno has 30 points and a +/- plus four this season.
Columbus were buried in their own barn by a score of 9-6 in their only meeting with Calgary this season. The Blue Jackets have a 20-12-2 road record and is hoping to end a one-game losing streak.
The Blue Jackets will look to Sergei Bobrovsky to get Columbus back on track on Tuesday night. Bobrovsky has a record of 33-22-1 this season with 2.71 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage this season. Bobrovsky has six shutouts this season and a perfect success rate on shootouts.
Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Jackets with 75 points with 25 goals and 50 assists to go with a +/- plus seven. Over the past five games, Panarin has two assists and a +/- minus one.
Over the last five games, Columbus has outscored its opponents 15-9 and were outshot 159-144. The power play was horrible with one power play goal on 10 opportunities for a 10 percent success rate and the penalty kill unit continues to impress, allowing one shorthanded goal on 12 tries for a 91 percent success rate.
Calgary Clinches Playoff Berth
Calgary is the first and only team in the Western Conference to have clinched a playoff berth, and good for them. Their 44-21-7 record is fantastic, and they have led the West for most of the season. The plus 50 goal differential is tops in the west and second only to Tampa Bay. Calgary has a slim, one-point lead over San Jose and with just under a dozen games left on their schedule, home ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs is a reality that they can grasp. All Calgary need to do is to continue winning, and that begins on Tuesday against Columbus.
Bill Peters gives updates on Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett and talks about James Neal getting back into practices with the team. pic.twitter.com/vtaqPOYwOI
— x – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) March 18, 2019
The Flames have a few injuries on their report, most notably Sean Monahan with an unspecified illness and Sam Bennett with an upper-body injury. Monahan is the Flames third-leading scorer and Bennett has 26 points this season. Both are listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s tilt with Columbus.
Calgary has the chance for a season series sweep of Columbus on Tuesday night. The Flames have a home record of 23-7-5 this season and are hoping to end a one-game losing streak.
The Flames are planning on sending David Rittich to patrol the cage against Columbus on Tuesday night. Rittich has a record of 25-7-5 with 2.65 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage. Rittich has one shutout and a 70 percent save percentage in shootouts this season.
Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with 91 points on 31 goals and 57 helpers with a +/- plus 16. Over his last five games, Gaudreau has four goals and three assists with a +/- plus three.
Over their past five games, Calgary has outscored their opponents 20-10 and outshot them 130-100. The power play unit scored one goal on nine opportunities for an 11 percent success rate and the penalty kill was strong, allowing one shorthanded goal on 11 opportunities for a 91 percent success rate.
- Flames are 11-1 in their last 12 vs. Metropolitan.
- Flames are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 6-0 in Blue Jackets last 6 road games.
- Under is 6-1 in Blue Jackets last 7 overall.
- Under is 6-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Calgary has clinched a playoff berth but what they really want is home ice throughout the Western Conference playoffs. That means they still have an incentive to win, and they win at home. Columbus needs to win also, but this is their fifth game in nine nights so they might be tired. The fresher legs are on the Calgary side and that’s where I am putting my money on Tuesday.
Prediction: Calgary -135
Full-Game Total Pick
Two of the best goaltenders in the NHL are squaring off against two sides that know how to put the puck in the net. In these games, I side with the goaltenders. Rittich has allowed two goals in the past five games and playing at home. Bobrovsky is allowing two goals per game over the last five. I’m rolling with the under on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Under 6.5 Goals