Wild vs. Flames - 4/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Calgary Flames (34-40-7) at Minnesota Wild (38-32-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -200 / Calgary Flames +163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Calgary Flames could use a win after losing 10 of their last 18 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power plays. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 30 goals, Sean Monahan has 36 assists and Mark Giordano has 209 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their power play chances. Karri Ramo has allowed 94 goals on 1,034 shots faced and Jonas Hiller has given up 79 goals on 654 shots. Hiller has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The Minnesota Wild hope for a win that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 25 goals, Charlie Coyle has 21 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 150 goals on 1,823 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 41 goals on 488 shots. Dubnyk has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Flames are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win and 9-19 in their last 28 overall. The Wild are 0-7 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games. The Flames are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Minnesota and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings overall.
It's been a long time since the Flames have beaten the Wild, and I don't think that changed here. I like Minnesota to snap their losing skid and get on the board wth a victory against a Calgary team that's struggled pretty much all season.