National Hockey League action on Saturday evening and the Central Division will square off with the Pacific Division as the St Louis Blue Grapple with the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. The Blues took two of the three meetings between these teams last year.
The Blues Remain HotIt was a very mediocre start to the season for the St Louis blues, but they have shaken that off and are starting to look like the team that rolled to their first Stanley Title a year ago. The Blues enter this game off a 5-2 road win over the Oilers and have now won their last six games in a row and eight of their last nine to move to 11-6 on the year. The Blues started out at 3-5 on the year but they now have a three-point lead over the Predators in the Central Division. The Blues won the title last year with their tough play in the crease and they have allowed 2.00 gpg over their last five games. Scoring in the win over the Oilers was Jaden Schwartz, which was his 3rd of the year, Alex Pietrangelo, which was his 6th, Robert Thomas, which was his 3rd, Tyler Bozak, which was his 2nd and Ivan Barbashev, which was his 1st.
Grabbing the win against the Oilers was Jake Allen, who stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced to improve to 3-1 with a 3.29 GAA on the year. Jordan Binnington will get the nod in this one and he has gone 8-5 with a 2.43 GAA on the year, including 3-3 with a 2.80 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 13-7 with a 2.05 GAA on the road and 2-0 with a 1.95 GAA during the month of November, plus 0-0 with a 3.18 GAA in one appearance against the Flames. The Blues enter this game ranked 13th in scoring at 3.18 gpg and 10th in goals allowed at 2.82 gpg.
Flames Are Turning The CornerThe Calgary Flames had the most points in the Western Conference last year, but they were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. The Flames then started the season slowly but they have turned it around of late by winning four of their last five games. That moves them to 10-9 on the year and into a first-place tie with the Oilers in the Pacific Division. The offense had been struggling, but that is turning the corner as well as the Flames have averaged 4.00 gpg over their last five games. They will look to keep it going against a St Louis team that has been hot in the crease of late. The Flames enter this game off a 5-2 home win over the Devils and scoring in the win was Derek Ryan, which was his 3rd of the year, Sean Monahan, which was his 4th, Mikael Backlund, which was his 3rd, Noah Hanifin, which was his 3rd and Johnny Gaudreau, which was his 5th.
"We know what they're all about - it's a formidable opponent, to say the least."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 9, 2019
Bill Peters discusses taking on the Blues tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/XKxXC3mJoP
Snatching up the win against the Devils was David Rittich, who stopped 21 of the 23 shot attempts that he faced to improve to 9-6 with a 2.74 GAA on the year, including 6-1 with a 2.24 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 19-10 with a 3.03 GAA here at Scotiabank Saddledome and 9-2 with a 2.09 GAA during the month of November, plus 1-0 with a 1.56 GAA in two games against the Blues.The Flames enter this contest ranked 17th in the league in scoring at 2.89 gpg and 13th in goals allowed at 2.879 gpg.
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