The Xcel Energy Center is the site for an intriguing matchup as the Calgary Flames make the journey to Minnesota to meet the Wild. This Western Conference matchup will get going at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, December 23 and it can be seen live on Fox Sports North.
Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild Odds
Calgary is 19-19 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 21 of its outings have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the road team this season, the Flames are 9-11 SU.
Calgary has converted on 19.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.8 percent of all penalties.
Calgary, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, David Rittich (16-13-5) has been the top option in goal for Calgary this season. Rittich played yesterday, however, so the team could choose to rest him and roll with Cam Talbot instead (3-7 record, .910 save percentage, 2.94 goals against average).
Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Flames. Tkachuk has 32 points via 14 goals and 18 assists, and has recorded multiple points in seven different games. Monahan has 11 goals and 19 assists to his creditand has logged a point in 20 games.
On the other side of the ice, Minnesota is 17-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 19 of its matches have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 9-5 SU at home this year.
Minnesota has converted on 17.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.9 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over their past five games total, and 4.0 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Alex Stalock (25.1 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for Minnesota. Stalock has 10 wins, 10 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit and has registered a fairly-weak .901 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average this year.
Eric Staal (13 goals, 17 assists) will lead the attack for Minnesota.
Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over
The Flames are 8-9 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 5-8 SU in games where they serve more minutes than their opponent.
Calgary is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Minnesota is 1-1 in shootouts.
Minnesota has forced 7.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 6.9 takeaways per game (ranked 23rd in the league).
One of the best at creating pressure on their opponents, Calgary is ranked fifth with 8.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended upward lately, as the team has managed 11.2 takeaways over its last 10 games and 10.8 takeaways over its last five.