Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild: NHL Odds, Prediction

Calgary Flames Vs Minnesota Wild Calgary Flames have strung together three straight wins to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture. They will face another tough test against a Central Division opponent when they begin a four-game road trip in Minnesota. The Wild are coming off a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche but own one of the best home records in the NHL this season at 14-4-2.

Flames vs. Wild Betting Analysis

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Live Stream The Wild opened up as a -135 favorite in this game but the line has climbed to -140. The Flames don’t play well as a dog as they’ve lost five of six as a dog. The Wild have won 10 of 11 as a favorite. We’re looking at a total of 5.5 in this game and that’s a key line as the Wild are 12-5 at home when the total is at that number. This has been a pretty even series of late as the two sides have split their last eight meetings.

Calgary Flames

Calgary’s inconsistency at the offensive end of the ice has been a problem all season. However, the Flames have done a good job scoring over their past three games, scoring at least three goals in each contest. That’s a key number for them as they have won six straight when scoring at least three goals but are 1-9 the last 10 times they’ve scored two or less. Micheal Ferland, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau have combined for 10 points over their last three games.

Meanwhile, Mike Smith has been solid in goal for the Flames over the last month. Smith has posted a 2.21 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage since December 8th. He has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last 11 and hasn’t given up more than three in any game in that span. He continues to give the Flames a chance to win on a nightly basis and should keep them in the game on Tuesday. Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota has won four of their last six games with the four wins coming at home and the two losses coming on the road. That’s not a surprising split for this team as they are 1-4 in their last five road games but are 9-1 in their last 10 home games. That’s how they’ve been all season as they have a +1.05 goal differential at home (sixth-best) but have a -1.00 goal differential on the road (third-worst). Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

While it’s true that Calgary has won three straight, those wins all came at home. They have lost six of their last nine on the road. Home-ice advantage could loom large in this contest.

One other note, the Wild have a very good track record against Mike Smith. The Wild have beaten Smith in 13 of 17 starts.

The Flames are hitting the road for 4 straight and they open up that swing by visiting the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. The Flames have won 3 straight, all over Western Conference front runners and the Wild are no different. The Flames have dispatched the Blackhawks, Kings and Ducks over the past week and collected all 6 points that were available to them. Calgary is currently in 12th place in the West, but the difference between 12 and 8 is a minuscule 1 point. A win tonight against the Wild would be huge for the Flames as they would push ahead of Minnesota and pull ahead of idle Anaheim and Colorado.

The Wild fell out of the 8th and final spot in the West, but are sitting at 47 points with Anaheim and Colorado. Minnesota has two very important and tough games ahead of them with tonight’s match up with Calgary and a looming contest with the Chicago Blackhawks. Twenty eight of their remaining 40 games are against Western Conference foes and it’s not going to be an easy climb back into the playoff standings for the Wild. Minnesota is an even 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and they’ve won 2 of their last 3. Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

The Flames haven’t beaten the Wild this season, having dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota back on October 21st and they fell 2-1 in shootout on December 21st. Since that loss the Flames have gone 5-4-1, slowly turning their season around, but Minnesota isn’t a place they’ve had much success lately. The Flames have only won 3 times in their last 9 trips to the North Star State.

FIVE STORYLINES

  1. GOING FOUR IT

The Flames are shooting for a fourth straight victory, which would mark their longest run of the season. They started this streak with a New Year’s Eve triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks and followed up with wins against the two squads from SoCal — the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. All of ’em one-goal games, by the way. If they can continue to roll, the Flames could climb Tuesday into a playoff spot in the NHL’s Western Conference.

  1. EXCELLING AT XCEL

The Wild are riding a four-game win spree on home ice and boast a stellar 14-4-2 record this season in the friendly confines of Xcel Energy Center. They’ve had tough travels, though, struggling to an 8-13-1 mark in enemy territory. “We gotta learn how to win on the road,” stressed Wild bench boss Bruce Boudreau after Saturday’s 7-2 thumping from the Avalanche in Colorado. “It’s ridiculous how we can be so good at home and completely opposite on the road.”

  1. NON-TRAVELLING JAGR

Legendary right-winger Jaromir Jagr was not on Monday’s flight to Minnesota. The Flames have remained tight-lipped as rumours have swirled about Jagr’s future with the club, saying only that the 45-year-old is ‘day-to-day’ with a lower-body injury. It might have been a good idea for some of his teammates to bid farewell before this four-game trip — it’s believed the Flames and No. 68 are negotiating a mutual parting of ways.  Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild

  1. ZACH IS BACK

The Wild welcomed the return of veteran winger Zach Parise for their first contest of 2018. The 33-year-old had surgery on his lower back in late October and missed the first three months of the season. Parise has yet to hit the scoresheet in his three outings since getting the medical green-light. He’s been a smidge better than a point-per-game guy in his career against the Flames, with 13 goals and eight assists in 20 matchups.

  1. WAIT, THERE’S MORE …

Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Four of Calgary’s key contributors — captain Mark Giordano, the top-line tandem of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and talented trouble-maker Matthew Tkachuk — are currently enjoying three-game point streaks … Mikko Koivu, who wears the ‘C’ for the Wild, missed Monday’s practice due to the flu and is ‘questionable’ for Tuesday’s clash … With his next goal or assist, Flames defenceman TJ Brodie will reach the 200-point plateau.

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