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Minnesota Wild (16-15-4) vs Calgary Flames (15-16-5)
2024-01-02 20:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -111 / Calgary Flames -108 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The Calgary Flames will play the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Calgary has lost two of their last three games, while Minnesota is on a two game losing streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Flames vs Wild prediction.

Flames Preview

The Calgary Flames are 15-16-5 this year after they defeated the Flyers by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Calgary trailed 1-0 after the first period, but they scored the next three goals and were able to hang on for the win in the third. The Flames out shot Philadelphia by a total of 33-31 and went 4-4 on the penalty kill in the game. Calgary lost to Seattle by a score of 2-1 and LA by a score of 5-3 in the two games prior to Philadelphia. The Flames are scoring 2.97 goals per game and they are allowing 3.22 goals against per game, while going 12.1% on the power play and 84.2% on the penalty kill. Blake Coleman has led Calgary with 13 goals, 13 assists, and 91 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Calgary is Jacob Markstrom, who is 9-10-2 this year with a 2.73 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. 

Wild Preview

The Minnesota Wild are 16-15-4 this season after they lost to Winnipeg by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Minnesota led 2-1 early in the third period, but allowed two goals to the Jets for the loss. The Wild were out shot by a total of 29-26 and went 1-1 on the power play in the game. Minnesota also lost to the Jets by a score of 4-2 in the game before, but defeated Detroit, Boston (twice), and Montreal in the four game prior to that. The Wild are scoring 3.06 goals per game and they are allowing 3.17 goals against per game, while going 18.6% on the power play and 72.6% on the penalty kill. Joel Eriksson Ek has 15 goals, 10 assists, and 134 shots on goal this year. The projected starting goalie for Minnesota is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is 6-6-2 this season with a 3.16 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. 

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

The Wild have won each of their last 12 home games against opponents on a losing streak.
The Wild have covered the puck line in each of their last five night games following a loss.
The Wild have won the first period in each of their last five games as favorites against Western Conference opponents.
The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 3’ market has hit in each of the Wild’s last seven night games.

Calgary Flames Team Facts

The Flames have won seven of their last 10 games as underdogs against the Wild.
The Flames have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.
The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 1′ market has hit in each of the Flames’ last six games against opponents on a losing streak.
The Flames have won the third period in five of their last six night games following a home win.

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

Matthew Boldy has scored a goal in six of the Wild’s last seven games as favorites.
Mats Zuccarello has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances in night games at Xcel Energy Center.
Marcus Johansson has recorded at least one assist in five of the Wild’s last six games against Pacific Division opponents at Xcel Energy Center.
Matthew Boldy has scored the first goal in three of the Wild’s last four night games at Xcel Energy Center.

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

Yegor Sharangovich has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against Western Conference opponents.
Blake Coleman has recorded an assist in four of the Flames’ last five games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

The Minnesota Wild rank T31st in the league for power play goals against this season (34).
The Minnesota Wild rank 4th in the league in penalty minutes this season (429).
The Calgary Flames rank T1st in the league in short handed goals this season (9).
The Calgary Flames rank T29th in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (1.17).

Flames vs Wild Betting Prediction

The Wild come into this game after back to back losses against Winnipeg and they are dealing with quite a few injuries right now. Minnesota is down their leading scorer and starting goaltender, but they are 10-5-2 at home. Calgary has lost two of their last three games and they are only 6-9-4 on the road this season. The home ice advantage should help Minnesota, but I don’t know if they can overcome the injuries they are currently dealing with. Give me the Flames on the road here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Flames ML

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