Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (11-8-3) at Calgary Flames (11-13-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames +103 / Minnesota Wild -114 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RSNW
The Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames square off Friday night in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Minnesota Wild could use a bounce back victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with eight goals, Nino Niederreiter has seven assists and Eric Staal has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 28 goals on 519 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 17 goals on 165 shots. The Minnesota Wild have lost six straight games when allowing more than two goals.
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The Calgary Flames look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Flames are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 10.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Frolik leads Calgary with six goals, Matthew Tkachuk has four assists and Sean Monahan has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Chad Johnson has given up 27 goals on 387 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed 43 goals on 373 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-19 in their last 28 Friday games. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Calgary and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Neither one of these teams is playing all that well heading into this contest, so I usually like to side with the plus money when that's the case. The Flames finished the end of November with more consistency and seem like a team that could enjoy a stretch of winning. The Wild have not been sharp on the road this season and have lost four of their last five outside on Minnesota. Give me the home team and the plus money.