Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)|
Calgary Flames -172 / Minnesota Wild +142
CBC, Sportsnet, City, FS-North
The Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames meet in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look for a massive win to add to their current 4-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over Winnipeg in their last outing. Winnipeg took an early 1-0 lead with the only goal of the 1st period before Brad Hunt got the Wild on the board early in the 2nd. The tie lasted all of :14 before Winnipeg re-took the lead and held onto it for the rest of the 2nd and most of the 3rd. Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek scored :26 apart in the final 1:27 of the game to tie the game and take a 3-2 lead, one that the Wild would not relinquish as Minnesota held on for the win. Devan Dubnyk got the win to improve to 25-21-5 this season after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Calgary Flames will look to build on their current 7-game winning streak after a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Elias Lindholm gave the Flames a 1-0 lead just 1:07 into the 2d period. Mark Giordano doubled the lead at the 13:52 mark of the frame to make it 2-0 before the Devils cut that lead in half just 2:55 later. That’s all the scoring the game would see however, as the Falmes would hold on throughout the 2nd and through the entire 3rd period to pick up the victory. David Rittich got the win to improve to 22-5-5 this season after stopping 19 of 20 shots faced in the winning effort.
Minnesota is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games against the Pacific division. Calgary is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 16-5 in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Minnesota is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Minnesota is definitely tempting considering how well the Wild have been playing lately, but the fact is that the Flames have been playing just as good for a longer stretch and have had Minnesota’s number for the most part in recent meetings. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Minnesota steal a win here, but the Flames have been too good on home ice and too hot as of late for me to go against here so I’ll lay the juice with the Flames in this one.