Minnesota Wild (15-10-2) at Calgary Flames (17-9-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 6, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -140 / Minnesota Wild +115 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Calgary Flames return home after a successful road trip as they host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
The Wild look to continue their recent success against Pacific division foes with a strong effort on Thursday night in Calgary but they will have their work cut out for them against a Flames side who has been red hot at home this season. Minnesota has struggled on the road against good home teams and have not had the greatest road trip but their focus will shift to the Flames on Thursday night as the Wild aim to end their 2-5 stretch in Calgary. Minnesota is in arguably the toughest division in the NHL and will be hard pressed to make the playoffs if they continue playing at the same clip they are at right now but they are capable of making a turn around if they can get Devan Dubnyk back to playing at a level the team has come to expect out of him.
The Flames meanwhile are 10-1 in their last 11 games playing on one day’s rest and are 5-1 in their last 6 games after allowing 5 or more in their previous game which is exactly the spot we find them in here after winning in a shootout with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Calgary faded down the stretch last season but they are looking as if they are hungry for a Stanley Cup championship as they are as dangerous as any team in the league right now and have a well balanced offense. Calgary is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 against the Central which sets them up well here for a convincing victory against Minnesota.
The Wild are 12-4 in their last 16 against the West and have played to the Over in 17 of their last 25 Thursday games while the Flames are 6-2 in their last 8 against the West and have played to the Over in 11 of their last 14 home games. Minnesota is looking a little off right now and while the Flames could be due for a let down after a great road trip they just match up too well for the Wild to deal with.