Looking to win big? The Flames and Wild face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Wild are hosting the game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Wild are the home favorites against the Flames in a Western conference matchup.
CALGARY FLAMES VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5
This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:
- Even though they are 1.5 goal underdogs, we see the Flames winning this game by a score of 4-3.
- We like the Flames on the moneyline (-101)
- The Flames are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can Calgary Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?
Through 36 games, the Flames have achieved an overall record of 15-16-5. When on the road, Calgary holds a 6-9-4 record, while they are 9-7-1 when playing at home. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 6th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 13th.
Regarding the puck line, Calgary comes in with a 17-19 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 8-11, while their home record is 9-8. This season, Calgary’s games have an average of 6.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Flames come in with an over/under performance of 20-15-1.
Across their last three road contests, Calgary has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 2 goals per game.
On the offensive side, the Flames are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 21st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 9th in the league. This year, the Flames have recorded a 8-9 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 6-7 record.
Calgary will be looking for a good game from Blake Coleman who leads the team in scoring with 13 goals, ranking 62nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Coleman has 13 assists this season.
Minnesota defense takes on the Flames ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They alsso are 18th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Jacob Markstrom has started 21 games this season. His current record stands at 9-10, and his save percentage is 0.7871287128712872%.
Is a Home Win Possible for Minnesota?
For the season, the Wild currently hold an overall record of 16-15-4. On the road, Minnesota has gone 6-10-2 and they are 10-5-2 at home. They are currently positioned 7th in the Western Central division and 12th in the Western conference.
In terms of the puck line, Minnesota are 20-15. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 11-7, while their overall home performance is 9-8. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Minnesota is 6.4. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Wild come in with an over/under record of 17-15-3.
Across their last three home contests, Minnesota has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.
On the offensive side, the Wild are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 23rd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 24th in the league. Coming into the game, the Wild have 10-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-9.
Minnesota’s leading scorer is Joel Eriksson Ek. So far, he has 15 goals which is 37th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 10 assists this season.
Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 18th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has started 13 games this season. His current record stands at 6-6, and his save percentage is 0.5544554455445545%.