The St. Louis Blues, led by David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly, are prepared to take the ice against Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a Western Conference matchup. The opening faceoff will be at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 28, and it is being shown live on Fox Sports Midwest.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames Odds
St. Louis is 30-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.5 units this year. 25 of its outings have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and none have pushed. The Blue Notes are 13-12 SU as an away team in 2019-20.
St. Louis has converted on 24.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties..
With a .912 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (22-13-5) has been the primary option in goal for St. Louis this season. If St. Louis chooses to rest him, however, they might go with Jake Allen (8-10-3 record, .926 save percentage, 2.21 goals against average).
Over on the other bench, Calgary is 26-24 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 26 of its matches have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 13-10 SU at home this year.
The Flames have converted on just 18.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
David Rittich has denied 28.4 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Flames. Rittich has 19 wins, 17 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has recorded a .913 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this season.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under
38.5 percent of Calgary’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 10-17 overall in such games) while 56.7 percent of St. Louis’ wins have come by two goals or more (17-12 overall in games decided by at least two goals).
Power-play opportunities may prove to be extremely important tonight. The Blues are 14-5 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 24-13 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Flames are 12-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-17 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
St. Louis is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 5-0 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in four of St. Louis’ last five games.
One of the best at stickhandling and crisp passes, St. Louis is ranked fourth this season with just 7.9 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended down lately, however, as the team’s averaged 6.5 giveaways over its last 10 games and 6.0 giveaways over its last five.
Calgary has averaged 15.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.8 giveaways per game (ranked 24th overall).