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Blues face Calgary Flames: NHL odds preview and stats

St. Louis Blues

Calgary Flames
24-7-4 December 23, 2013, 08:00 PM | Scotiabank Saddledome 13-17-6

Scotiabank Saddledome hosts an NHL battle between the Calgary Flames and the visiting St. Louis Blues on Monday.

The Blues will look to vanquish their hosts on Monday, as they are 24-7-4 this season, while the Flames are 13-17-6. St. Louis is 18-13-4 against the total, while Calgary is 18-18 versus the number.

View St. Louis Blues vs Calgary Flames Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Calgary sat as 157 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 28-rated Flames and the No. 3-ranked Blues, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 6-0 winner as they battled the Oilers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at -160 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Calgary lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Penguins on December 21. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -200 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Calgary's No. 19-ranked offense (2.53 goals per game) against a Blues defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.31 goals per game allowed. The Flames powerplay has clicked at a 13.79% rate while the Blues have a 85.48% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
St. Louis home to Chicago, Saturday, December 28th
Calgary home to Edmonton, Friday, December 27th