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Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames
Date & Time Thursday January 9, 2020, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB
The Line
CAL -145, O/U 6
TV Channel
Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild head to Calgary, Alberta on Thursday for a game against the Flames in a matchup of teams from the Western Conference.  In their last game, the Wild were defeated by the Flames by the score of 5-4 in a shootout.  The Wild received goals from Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway and 2 goals from Marcus Foligno but it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.  Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock took the loss in net for the Wild as he allowed 4 goals on 37 Calgary shots in the game. 

After the loss against Calgary, Minnesota is now 20-17-6 on the season and are currently in a 5th place tie in the Central Division.  Eric Staal leads the Wild in points on the season with 33.  Staal also leads Minnesota in goals on the year with 16, including 5 on the power play.  Ryan Suter leads the Wild in assists on the season with 24, including 10 on the power play.  Goalie Alex Stalock is currently 9-6-3 on the season with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 3.06.  Devan Dubnyk has a record of 8-10-2 on the year with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 3.16.  The Wild enter Thursday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Devan Dubnyk is listed as out.

The Calgary Flames welcome the Minnesota Wild to town on Thursday after winning their last game against the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 2-1.  The Flames received both goals in the game from Elias Lindholm in the second period.  Matthew Tkachuk also was a big contributor for Calgary as he had assists on both of Lindholm’s goals.  Flames goalie Cam Talbot recorded the win in net for the Flames as he made saves on 31 of 32 Chicago shots on the night.   

After the win against the Blackhawks, the Flames are 23-17-5 and are currently in 3rd place in the Pacific Division. The Flames offense is led in points by Matthew Tkachuk who has tallied 38 points so far on the season.  Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in assists on the year with 24, with 8 coming on the power play.  Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in goals on the year with 18, with 6 coming while on the power play.  Calgary goalie David Rittich is 18-10-5 on the year with 2 shutouts and a 2.81 goals against average.  Backup goalie Cam Talbot is 5-7-0 so far this season with a goals against average of 2.62.  The Flames come into Thursday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report.

The Minnesota Wild have scored 3.07 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.30 goals per game.  The Calgary Flames have scored 2.69 goals per game this season while allowing 3 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Wild are 2-3 while the Flames are 3-2 and have won 3 games in a row.  The season series is split at one game a piece so far this year as Minnesota won the first game by the score of 3-0 while Calgary won the second game by the score of 5-4 in a shootout.  Both games this season have been played in Minnesota.  The total has gone under in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games. The total has gone over in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games. The total has gone under in 5 of Calgary's last 7 games against Minnesota. Calgary is 1-5 in their last 6 games at home.  The Wild have won 2 of the last 3 meetings against Calgary, winning by the average score of 3.67 to 2.33.  I am going to go with the Wild in this one.  Minnesota wins this one 4-3.

Pick:
Minnesota Wild +125(ML)
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