Sunday afternoon NHL action and the Pacific Division will duke it out with the Central Division as the Calgary Flames grapple with the St Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. The Flames enter this game off a 2-1 road win over Minnesota, while the Blues are off a 4-3 home win over the Avs in OT.
Flames Win Tight One Against The Wild
The Calgary Flames have been one of the hottest teams in the league and they stayed that way on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 road win over the Minnesota Wild. The Flames are now 11-3 over their last 14 games, and their 44 total points are tied for 3rd most in the league. Calgary will be a team to watch all year. The Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Mark Giordano’s 5th goal of the year. He has been hot with two goals and nine total points over his last four games. The game was then tied 1-1 in the 3rd when Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winner at the 8:45 mark. It was his 14th of the year.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) December 15, 2018
Grabbing the win against the Wild was David Rittich, who stopped 34 of the 35 shots that he faced to improve to 10-4 with a 2.22 GAA on the year. Jon Gillies is slated to get the start in this one, and it will be his first start of the year. In his career, he has gone 4-6 with a 2.71 GAA and a .903 save percentage overall, and this will be his first meeting with the Blues. The Flames check in ranked 6th in scoring at 3.48 gpg and 4th in goals allowed at 2.73 gpg.
O’Reilly Lifts St Louis Over The Avs
The St Louis Blues have had their struggles this year, but they have been playing a bit better of late as they come in having won three of their last four games. Despite that, they are still in 6th place in the Central Division, and their 28 points are 3rd fewest in the Western Conference. The offense has come alive a little as they have scored eight goals over their last two games after notching a total of five goals over their previous four games. The Blues are off a 4-3 OT win over the Avs at home, and the hero was Ryan O’Reilly, who scored his 13th goal of the year just 2:05 into the extra session. Colton Parayko (6th & 7th) and Ivan Barbashev (5th) also scored in the win.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 15, 2018
Grabbing the win against the Avs was Jake Allen, who stopped 39 of the 42 shots that he faced to move to 10-12 with a 3.10 GAA and a .901 save percentage on the year, including 6-6 with a 3.70 GAA and a .885 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 5-2 with a 3.29 GAA against the Coyotes. The Blues enter this contest ranked 21st in scoring at 2.87 gpg and 25th in goals allowed at 3.30 gpg.
St Louis is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest
- 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest
- 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will look for the Blues to take this one. They have been paying a bit better of late and have the advantage of rest while the Flames will be playing on no rest, and the Flames are 1-4 in their last five games in that situation. The Flames also have Jon Gillies in the crease, and he has not been that good in his career, while Jake Allen is 5-2 in his career against the Flames. St Louis is starting to play better, and I will look for them to grab a nice win over a hot team in this one.
Prediction: St Louis +105
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this one to go over the Total. John Gillies has not been that good in his career, and the Blues have averaged a solid 3.33 gpg at home. The Flames have averaged 3.81 gpg over their last 11 games, while the Blues have allowed 3.56 gpg at home and Jake Allen has a 3.29 GAA in his carer against the Flames. The Over is 7-2 in Calgary’s last nine after allowing two goals or less in their previous game and 5-1 in St Louis’ last six home games.
Prediction: Over 6