Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets Free Preview 11/2/19

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The Calgary Flames, led by Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, are ready to take the ice against Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cam Atkinson, and the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in an East-West matchup. The action will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 2 and it can be caught live on Fox Sports Ohio.

Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

The Flames (-125) are being labeled as the favorites over the Blue Jackets (+105) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Calgary is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.0 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 15 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Flames are 3-6 SU.

Calgary has converted on 16.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the third-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 87.5 percent of all penalties..

With a .906 save percentage and 28.8 saves per game, David Rittich (6-6-2) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary this season. If Calgary chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Cam Talbot (1-3 record, .908 save percentage, 2.46 goals against average).

Columbus is 5-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 13 regular season matches, seven of its games have gone under the total, while five have gone over and none have pushed. Thus far, the team is 3-4 SU as the home team.

The Blue Jackets have converted on just 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 73.2 percent of all penalties.

Joonas Korpisalo (24.8 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Blue Jackets. Korpisalo has five wins, five losses, and one overtime loss to his name and has maintained a mediocre 3.37 goals against average and a fairly-weak .886 save percentage this year.

Calgary Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Columbus has yet to win a game by two or more goals this season.
  • The Flames are 4-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Blue Jackets are 2-3 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.
  • After posting a 0-4 record in games decided by a shootout last year, Calgary is off to a 2-0 start in shootouts this season. Columbus was 2-1 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in three of their last five outings.