Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Nov 13): Blues vs Flames In Calgary
St. Louis Blues (+102) at Calgary Flames (-113)
Monday night offers only two games on the schedule. The Blues and the Flames meet in a Western Conference battle in one of those matchups. Odds can be found at BetOnline for this game.
The Blues enter the night as one of the best teams in the NHL with a 13-4-1 record. St. Louis sits first in the Central Division. Calgary comes in hot, winning four of their last five games. The Flames hold the third spot in the Pacific Division with a 9-7 record.
St. Louis enters the night after losing at home to the Islanders 5-2. In the last nine games the Blues have gone 7-2. St. Louis has surpassed expectations after a second-round exit in last season’s playoffs. Many people expected the Blues to decline this year, but they have gotten even better.
Calgary won Thursday night’s matchup against the Detroit Red Wings 6-3. The Flames have won four of their last five, which includes impressive wins against Pittsburgh and Washington at home. This game will be the last of Calgary’s seven game homestand. After this, Calgary will play six straight on the road.
The Flames and Blues met on October 25 in St. Louis. The Blues took that game by an impressive score of 5-2. Alex Steen had a goal and three assists in the win. After a 1-1 first period, the Blues opened up the second with two straight power play goals. Mikael Backlund scored both goals for Calgary in the matchup.
Mike Smith has given the Flames the goaltending they have been missing in past years. Smith has posted a .924 save percentage and a GAA of 2.55. Eddie Lack has not been off to a good start for the Flames. The backup goalie has a .853 save percentage and a GAA of 4.17. Smith is likely to get the start for the game, but if Lack happens to play, it could spell trouble for the Flames.
Both goalies for the Blues have been good. The starting goaltender, Jake Allen, has posted a .914 save percentage and a GAA of 2.59. Carter Hutton has an even better .943 save percentage and a GAA of 1.71. Either goalie can help the Blues get the win on Monday night.
The Blues have three players who have already put up twenty or more points on the season. Jaden Schwartz has a team leading twenty-two points, and a team leading nine goals. Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn are tied for second on the team with twenty points.
St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames Prediction
Calgary has been led by Johnny Gaudreau this season. Gaudreau has twenty-two points and six goals. Sean Monahan is second with sixteen points and leads the team with eight goals. The duo of Gaudreau and Monahan will need to continue to produce to beat the Blues.
Based on the odds, the Flames are favored to win this game fifty-three percent of the time. I believe this should be the other way, in favor of St. Louis. The Blues have been the better team on the season and beat the Flames only a couple of weeks ago. As a road underdog, I believe St. Louis is the best bet in this game.