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Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames - 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Calgary Flames (21-16-4) at Minnesota Wild (22-17-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -130 / Calgary Flames +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNW, FSN

The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Calgary Flames look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with 19 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 33 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 87 goals on 1,088 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed nine goals on 118 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 14 games.

Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames - 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild could also use a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 20 assists and Mikael Granlund has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 70 goals on 831 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 44 goals on 516 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.

The Flames are 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 2 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 18-7 in their last 25 vs. Pacific. The Flames are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and the under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.

I'm not trying to decide which one of these teams shows up given the hit or miss play from both sides. Instead, I'm siding with the under. Both the Flames and Wild consistently allow three or less goals, and the under hasn't lost money in five of the last six times these two teams have met. The under is also 8-3 in the Flames last 11 games and 6-1 in the Flames last seven road games. Expect a defensive battle between two teams that have been stingy lately.

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