[7:09 PM] Flames @ Blue Jackets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Calgary Flames (8-12-1)

@ Columbus Blue Jackets (10-4-3)


Starting Goalies:

Chad Johnson (CGY): Unconfirmed

Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ): Likely


The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost just once in regulation since Oct. 27 and look to continue their climb up the standings when they host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets are 8-1-2 in their last 11 contests and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Monday in a 3-2 overtime loss, but rescued something out of it on Cam Atkinson’s goal with 7 seconds left in regulation.

The Flames started their trek with an impressive 3-2 victory at Detroit on Sunday, but could not follow it up after allowing three power-play goals in the 4-2 loss at Buffalo on Monday.

Calgary is still dealing with the loss of speedy forward Johnny Gaudreau (fractured finger) and will need everyone to pitch in a little bit more during the trip. Center Mikael Backlund has posted goals in each of the first two games on the journey while defenseman Dougie Hamilton registered four assists and leading scorer Michael Frolik (14 points) produced two assists in the same span. Chad Johnson, who allowed six goals and went 3-1-0 before being rested Monday, will likely by back between the pipes for the Flames.

Atkinson recorded a pair of goals Monday and has been red hot of late, scoring three times and setting up six other tallies during a five-game point streak. Atkinson is tied with fellow forward Alexander Wennberg for second on the team with 17 points – one behind captain Nick Foligno. Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski continues to produce, posting 10 points in his last 11 games — helping a power play that sits on the top of the league at 31.1 percent and an offense that is second in the league at 3.3 per game.

Six of the last seven games in the series have been won by the road team, including both last season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick