The Columbus Blue Jackets (14-30-2) and Calgary Flames (22-16-9) clash in a Monday night game at the Saddledome. Puck drop is set for 9:30 pm ET (ESPN+/Hulu). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Blue Jackets vs. Flames oddsand make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Blue Jackets defeated San Jose 5-3 Saturday in Columbus and opened a 4-game western road swing. The Jackets are just 1-11 in their last 12 games away from home. Columbus has struggled mightily in the opening games of multi-game trips. In 3 previous tries in such situations, the Blue Jackets are 0-3-0 and have scored only 1 goal.
The Flames are coming off a 6-3 Saturday win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, notching a half-dozen goals in a game for the 2nd time in their last 4. The Flames outshot the Lightning 41-24 in that game and head into Monday’s. game winning the shots-on-goal battle in 7 straight games.
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Blue Jackets at Flames odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:46 am ET.
- Moneyline: Blue Jackets +305 (bet $100 to win $305) | Flames -370 (bet $370 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS): Blue Jackets +1.5 (+125) | Flames -1.5 (-150)
- Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: +100 | U: -120)
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Blue Jackets at Flames projected goalies
Elvis Merzlikins (5-13-0, 4.48 GAA, .868 SV%) vs. Jacob Markstrom (13-12-5, 2.82 GAA, .895 SV%)
Merzlikins last played Thursday when he and the Blue Jackets coughed up a 3-0 lead in an eventual 5-3 loss. The 28-year-old has won just once in his last 7 decisions.
Markstrom is between the pipes for the 1st time since allowing 4 goals in a Wednesday home loss to the Colorado Avalanche. He owns an .876 SV% over his last 4 games.
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Blue Jackets at Flames picks and predictions
Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2
The Flames have upped their puck-possession figures over recent weeks, and Markstrom is on a solid roll at the Saddledome. But avoid this juice-filled price. PASS.
Puck line/Against the spread
Six of the Blue Jackets’ last 8 losses have been by multi-goal margins. Columbus is 1-for-its-last-17 on the power play.
Markstrom has a 2.03 GAA and .921 SV% across his last 4 home games. Over their last 7 games, the Flames have gone 6-for-21 (28.6%) on the PP while killing off 18-of-20 (90%) penalties.
TAKE CALGARY -1.5 (-150).
The Under is a theoretical lean here, but the price has drifted upward during the morning. PASS.
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