The Minnesota Wild, spearheaded by Eric Staal and Ryan Suter, are set to take the ice against Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in a Western Conference tilt. This one will get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 9 and it is being shown live on Fox Sports North Plus.
Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames Odds
The Flames (-145) are being tabbed as the slight favorites over the Wild (+125) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Calgary is 23-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during the 2018-19 season (50-32). 23 of the team’s 45 matches have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 11-10 SU at home this year.
The Flames have converted on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a .911 save percentage, David Rittich (18-15-5) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Flames this year. If Calgary decides to give him the night off, however, the team might turn to Cam Talbot (5-9-9 record, .917 save percentage, 2.62 goals against average).
On the visitors’ side of the ice, Minnesota is 20-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 21 of its matches have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under the total and just four have pushed. The Wild are 9-15 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Wild have converted on 18.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully defended 76.2 percent of all penalties.
Alex Stalock (25.4 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Minnesota. Stalock owns a 10-11-3 record, and has registered a .901 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average this year.
Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over
The Wild are 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Flames are 4-0 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the game went over the total in four of their past five outings.
Six of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-4 overall in those games.
Minnesota skaters recorded 19.5 hits per game last season, while the Flames forced 16.3 hits per contest.