*10* NHL GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ 9-4 L13 NHL SIDES!
Calgary vs. Columbus,
11/02/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 0
Money Line: -122 Calgary
10* Calgary (7:05 ET): The Flames finished first in the Western Conference last year, but "flamed out" (terrible pun!) in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They figured to regress a bit this year and have started somewhat slow 7-6-2. They're coming to the end of a long road trip (5 games), which concludes tomorrow night in Washington. Halloween night brought a much needed 6-5 win in Nashville as the trip started w/ B2B losses. When they win, the Flames often score a lot, so I like tonight's matchup against a Columbus team that has really struggled on the goals allowed side of the ledger recently.
I was very disappointed in the Blue Jackets' performance Wednesday night. They were at home vs. Edmonton and lost 4-1, a game they managed only 24 shots and trailed 4-0 early in the 2nd period. The Jackets' losing streak hit three last night w/ an OT loss in St. Louis. All overtime losses are pretty painful, but this one in particular had to sting C-bus as they were ahead 3-1 in the third period. Being in the second game of a B2B here does the Jackets no favors whatsoever. They've allowed 3+ goals in seven straight games, losing five of them. At the same time, they are averaging just 2.3 goals per game at home, which is tied for 2nd fewest in the league.
The Flames have had some issues scoring on the road, but did just score six times in the win in Nashville Wednesday night. The GW goal came w/ just 1.2 seconds remaining in OT, courtesy of Matthew Tkachuk, and may be the prettiest goal you see all year. It was a game the Flames trailed 4-1 heading into the third period, so the two teams here have very different emotional mindsets coming into tonight. Calgary swept Columbus LY, scoring 13 goals in the two games, including NINE in the win here! The last time C-bus had to play the second game of a B2B, it was here at home and they lost 3-2 to the Islanders. Their -13 goal differential is 3rd worst in the East and 6th worst overall. 10* Calgary