Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues 12/16/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues 12/16/22
Fri 16th December 2022

The St. Louis Blues (+170) travel to face the Calgary Flames (-200), who will be out to end their losing run, at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday. The total is 6 (O: -110, U: -110)St. Louis (14-15-1) is playing on back-to-back days after earning a 4-3 shootout win over the Oilers yesterday.

The Blues committed five penalties in the game, conceding two power play goals. Jordan Kyrou, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Robert Thomas each scored once for the Blues. Kyrou added two assists to lead the team in scoring.

Jordan Binnington saved only 24 of 27 shots (.888%) in the win. Calgary (13-11-6) dropped their fourth in a row, falling 4-3 (SO) to the Canucks on Wednesday.

Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund, and Trevor Lewis scored one apiece for the Flames. Dillon Dube had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Jacob Markstrom saved only 24 of 27 shots against (.888%) in the loss.


The Blues won two of the three games between the teams last season, including a 6-4 victory in their final meeting in April. Justin Faulk led St. Louis with three points (1G 2A). Noah Hanifin led Calgary with two points (1G 1A). Ville Husso got the win, saving 39 of 43 shots (.906%).


St. Louis is averaging 2.90 goals per game for the season, 23rd in the NHL, and they are taking on a Flames team that is allowing 3.00 goals a game (15th). Meanwhile, Calgary has found the net 2.97 times a game on average, 22nd in the league, and the Blues are allowing opponents to score 3.70 goals per game (29th).

Calgary averages more shots/game (34.0) than most teams in the league, ranking fifth, though the team’s 8.8% shooting percentage is 28th. With an average of 29.8 attempts, St. Louis ranks 25th.

The Blues’ 20.48% power play percentage ranks 22nd in the league, while the Flames are 23rd with a conversion rate of 20.39%. While strong on the power play, St. Louis has been poor at penalty killing, as the away team owns the league’s lowest PK% at 67.14%. Calgary’s 81.74% ranks sixth in the NHL.


Kyrou (11G 15A) and Thomas (7G 19A) are the top skaters for the Blues this season with 26 points each. Tarasenko (22 points) has been another top performer for St. Louis, scoring nine and assisting 13. In the net, Binnington (10-11-1) is St. Louis’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.23 GAA and a .894% save percentage.

Elias Lindholm (23 points), Nazem Kadri (22), and Tyler Toffoli (21) lead the Flames in scoring. Lindholm has nine goals and 14 assists in 29 games, while Kadri has 11 goals and 11 assists in 30 games. Toffoli has 10 goals and 11 assists.

Dan Vladar (5-4-2) has the best goals against average for Calgary at 2.81. He has a save percentage of .905%. Markstrom (8-7-4) has played the most games in net for the Flames this season. He has a 2.82 GAA and a .897% save percentage.


St. Louis is 8-8-0 on the road this season. Calgary is 10-5-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome this season. Meanwhile, the Blues are 4-2 without a day off and 4-2 playing with a rest disadvantage. The Flames are 2-0 with a rest advantage.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Calgary Flames -1.5 (+115)

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