Wild vs. Flames - 3/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (31-35-6) at Minnesota Wild (35-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Calgary Flames --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, FSN
The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild clash Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Calgary Flames could use a nice win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 27 goals, Sean Monahan has 29 assists and Mark Giordano has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their power play chances. Karri Ramo has allowed 94 goals on 1,034 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 76 goals on 649 shots. Ramo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for another win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Zach Parise has 24 assists and Thomas Vanek has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 134 goals on 1,638 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 41 goals on 488 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Flames are 11-29 in their last 40 road games and 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-11 in their last 16 home games. The Flames are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Flames have been really awful on the road and have simply been in bad form overall recently. Meanwhile, the Wild have been playing solid hockey down the stretch and have beaten Calgary in each of the last five meetings. Side with the home team in this spot.