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The St. Louis Blues are what the kids describe as “mid”. They aren’t outperforming or under-performing their expected goals in terms of both production and saving. They have weaknesses in their defensive coverage allowing a lot of chances from the slot. They’ve weakened the defensive strength of their blueline over the years and are just now discovering what the affects of that are. Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko are both projected to be out as well.
Calgary still struggles to get chances from the crease – Walker Duehr coming into the lineup with Ruzicka as his center is not going to magically fix that. Jakob Pelletier is up getting an NHL paycheque right now but apparently needs even more time to be assimilated into the lineup
One day the Flames organization might understand that young players need to be allowed to make mistakes at the NHL level to become players of significance – today is not that day.
Primary Bet – Calgary puck line +1.5 (+140)
I think they lost to the Blues at home, and lost to the Blackhawks on Sunday, so the Flames will be ready to battle hard. With St. Louis injuries and defensive coverage as long as Calgary can win by 2 or more they would more than double your money on this bet.
Secondary Bet – Rasmus Andersson to get 1+ assists (+110)
Nobody gets more ice time on the Flames than Mr. Andersson and he’s not exactly lighting the net up like Al MacInnis used to. He is very good at breakout passing and keeping play alive in the attacking zone. If Calgary can find a way to get 4 goals – which should be the goal every game although the coach still thinks 3 is enough in today’s NHL – Andersson more than likely has an apple in there somewhere.
Tertiary Bet – Empty Net Goal YES (+200)
See even if Calgary fails to live up to expectations i like to throw in something the other team can also contribute to. Pretty self explanatory – although with the amount of overtime Calgary plays maybe I should have bet on that. (+290)