Face-off: 2200 ET, 02/04/2022
Arena: Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary’s home form was far less impressive last month and St Louis will fancy their chances of being competitive at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Blues are battling for every point in a tight Central Division and we reckon they can give the Flames a tough work-out tonight.
Punters can get 1.8 for the visitors with 1.5 goals start on the spread and that features in our Calgary Flames vs St Louis Blues predictions.
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Calgary Flames Odds
Calgary were only 5-3-3 at this venue in March after losing 2-1 to Colorado on Tuesday and then going down 3-2 to Los Angeles after Thursday’s shootout.
Johnny Gaudreau maintained his hot streak by scoring against the Kings but admitted: “I think we were kind of slow.
“It wasn’t one of our best games, everyone in our locker room knows that, but we found a way to get a point and that was huge.”
Erik Gudbranson, who also netted, added: “It’s a desperate time of year – every single night’s a really tough night that we have to prepare heavily for.
“Teams are trying to get into the playoffs and teams that seem to be out of it or are playing loose and they’re playing good hockey.”
We’re anticipating a cagey contest early on, so NHL odds.
St Louis Blues Odds
St Louis strengthened their claims for a top-three finish with two straight wins over Vancouver last week and picked up another point at Edmonton last night.
We tipped that game to go to overtime at 4.2 in our match preview and the Blues recovered from being 4-1 down to draw 5-5 after 60 minutes.
Connor McDavid grabbed the decider soon after the restart but it was a brave effort from the visitors.
“I think it’s a good point for us after that first period,” stated Pavel Buchnevich, who scored twice.
“They’re a good team, but we’re a good team and we believed in each other.”
Ville Husso made 25 saves after replacing Jordan Binnington, who allowed four goals from just 13 shots.
“We need saves, that’s it,” commented coach Craig Berube. “We stayed with it and we got a big point.”
Fatigue is obviously a big fear when trying to back-up such a hard-fought affair, but St Louis secured draws in the second legs of two double-headers last month.
Let’s add 4.5 for that trend to continue with another stalemate here after regular time in our NHL predictions.
CALGARY 2-3 Los Angeles (OT)
Edmonton 6-5 ST LOUIS (OT)
Season head-to-head: St Louis 5-1 Calgary, Calgary 7-1 St Louis