A couple of teams that are squarely in playoff contention, the Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames clash at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This Western Conference matchup will get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 6 and it can be caught live on Sportsnet West.
Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames Odds
With a -145 moneyline, Calgary heads into the matchup as the heavy favorite. The line for Minnesota now stands at +125 and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. If you want to play this matchup’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -105 for the over and -115 on the under.
The Flames are 17-11 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 4.1 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the league in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from the 2017-18 season campaign. Of the team’s 28 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team’s 8-5 SU at home.
Calgary’s converted on 23.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all penalties.
Calgary, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.5 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over its past five games total, and 3.2 per game over its last five at home. The team has been forced to defend opposition power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
Averaging 21.9 saves per game with a .884 save percentage, Mike Smith (9-8-1) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Flames this season. If they decide to rest him, however, Calgary may go with David Rittich (9-5-5 record, .919 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average).
The Flames will continue seeking leadership from Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Gaudreau (35 points) has put up 12 goals and 23 assists and has recorded multiple points in eight different games this year. Monahan has 17 goals and 16 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 19 contests.
In the other locker room, Minnesota is 15-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 27 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. As an away team so far, Minnesota is 7-6 SU.
Minnesota has scored on 23.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Devan Dubnyk (2.68 goals against average and .911 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk is averaging 27.2 saves per game and owns an 11-10-2 record.
For the visiting Wild, a lot of the offense will be heavily coordinated by Mikael Granlund (11 goals, 17 assists) and Zach Parise (13 goals, 10 assists).