St. Louis Blues (2-2-1) vs. Calgary Flames (2-4-1)
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames 10/26/23 – The NHL regular season is underway, and fans are in for an exciting treat when the St. Louis Blues take on Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday, October 26, 2023. Both teams currently hover just under.500 – with the Blues boasting a 2-2-1 record and the Flames trailing behind at 2-4-1; tonight’s matchup provides both sides an opportunity to move ahead in their respective divisions; plus it could provide NHL underdog betting tips!
Robert Thomas, Jakub Vrana and Jordan Kyrou have led St. Louis Blues’ offense effectively, as evidenced by four points from five games for Thomas; Kyrou has provided two assists and scored once while Vrana’s statistics match up perfectly to those of Kyrou, making these three players formidable threats that pose real challenge to opponents like Calgary Flames. The key for them would be counteracting these offensive forces and lessening their impact.
The Flames possess their own set of firepower in Andrew Mangiapane, Elias Lindholm, and Noah Hanifin; all three players possessing impressive shooting percentages (Mangiapane at 30% is notable), Lindholm has proven versatile as both goalscorer and assist provider while Hanifin, although considered defenseman, has played a vital role in creating plays through four assists despite his position on defense. Blues’ defense will need to remain on high alert against these Flames leaders to stop these two teams’ leaders’ abilities (Mangiapane at 30% shooting percentage),
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames 10/26/23 Game Info
|When:||Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET|
Goaltender Jordan Binnington vs. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom
Jordan Binnington has been nothing short of incredible for the Blues this season. In four games spanning his performances between the pipes, his save percentage has reached an outstanding 0.945; this statistic alone proves his ability to thwart even the most accurate shots. Furthermore, his average goals against per game stands out amongst top goaltenders at such an early stage of this campaign – making Binnington one of the premier goaltenders at this point in time. Binnington’s resilience and sharp reflexes have kept St Louis competitive; against teams like Calgary that can quickly come alive offensively anytime quickly enough, Binnington will need to remain unsurpassed!
Jacob Markstrom has had an unsteady start to the season for Calgary Flames netminder Jacob Markstrom. Facing an overwhelming 136 shots across five appearances, including defensive miscues from their opponents as well as opponents’ aggression, Markstrom’s save percentage has averaged 0.897 and his inconsistency has been an issue; with an average goals-per-game average against him from opponents (allowing 2.81 goals a game) Markstrom must raise his game significantly if the Flames hope to capitalize on home advantage; otherwise their opponent, Binnington.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: Calgary Flames -186, Total Odds: 6
Calgary Flames’ odds for this matchup favor them slightly with a moneyline of -186, signalling they are considered favorites to claim victory in this encounter. Therefore, every bettors expecting to win with Calgary must wager 186 units of whatever amount they hope to secure with them; oddsmakers clearly have faith in their potential. With total odds set at 6, this game promises an exciting, high scoring encounter where both teams might showcase their offensive capabilities to challenge goaltenders into being at their peak performance throughout.
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
Recent Blues games have tended to be low-scoring affairs, with four out of six going under total scores. Though their record against Calgary Flames remains strong, they’ve struggled on the road and lost five straight away games since January 1. When in Calgary though, the Blues have won five out of their six matchesups!
Calgary Flames Betting Trends
Though experiencing some struggles recently, the Flames have seen their games against St. Louis Blues become high-scoring affairs – five out of seven going over in total at home; four of their last five against them also went beyond total scoring despite this trend; however they have only managed two victories from six attempts against teams from their Central Division opponents during that span.
St. Louis Blues vs. Calgary Flames 10/26/23 Betting Picks
Given recent form and historical data, this matchup is highly intriguing. Given Binnington’s current form and the Flames’ recent struggles, however, the Blues seem to hold a slight advantage; additionally, high-scoring games between these teams tend to favor them and taking the over may be wise decision.
For those in search of expert premium predictions, the St. Louis Blues may provide better value due to their superior goalie form and consistent offensive capabilities.
Free Pick and Prediction: St. Louis Blues 4, Calgary Flames 2.