Free NHL Pick For March 18: Blue Jackets vs. Flames
Columbus Blue Jackets (2.80) vs. Calgary Flames (1.49); Total 5.5
8:05 PM ET starting time for this game.
The Calgary Flames currently sit in 11th in the West but there playoff chances are still alive as they are just 2 points out of 8th and 3 points behind 7th. The Flames are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Oilers on Friday and can’t afford to lose many more games down the stretch. Tonight the Flames will face a struggling Blue Jackets team that has dropped 4 games in a row. The Blue Jackets were in Vancouver last night and fell 4-3. The Flames rested Kiprusoff in their last game and Kipper will be all rested and ready to go for tonight’s matchup. Sanford gets the start in goal for the Jackets.
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Blue Jackets vs Flames Prediction:
With the way the Blue Jackets have played for most of the season and as of late there is no way I am backing them. There are a lot of reasons to like the Flames in this one. Yes, they lost their last game but the Flames have been playing great hockey winning 5 in a row before the loss in Edmonton. The schedule heavily favors the Flames in this game. The Flames didn’t play last night while the Blue Jackets played in Vancouver and have to make the trip to Calgary. The Flames will be the much fresher team in this game. And the Flames already have a huge edge in goal but we should see a fresh Kiprusoff in goal as well after getting a rest on Friday. Currently the Flames are a big 1.49 (or -205) favorite at 5 Dimes Sportsbook. I am never betting a favorite of this size. Instead I will play the Flames to win in regulation time (-0.5 puck) for 1.79 (or -126) at 5 Dimes Sportsbook. For this wager to win the Flames must be winning by 1 goal or more at the end of the 3rd period. If the game is tied or Columbus is winning at the end of the 3rd this wager does not win.
Taking The Flames To Win in Regulation Time (-0.5 Puck) @ 1.79
(Offered at 5 Dimes Sportsbook)
Risking 126.00 To Win 100.00
All NHL selections are NHL OT Included unless otherwise stated.
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