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Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames
NHL: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 9:00 PM EST
The Wild snapped their three-game losing streak in their last game and they are sitting at 5th in the Central Division. In their three-game skid they gave up 13 goals while in their last game they only gave up two. On the season, the squad ranks 12th in both goals per game and goals allowed. In their last game, Minnesota beat the Vancouver Canucks and they have won four of their last five games facing teams from the Pacific Division.
The Flames have won three in a row and they are atop the Pacific Division. They exploded for nine goals in their last game, which is the most goals they have scored all season by a two-goal margin. The Calgary D ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to goals allowed and their attack ranks in the top five in the league in goals per game. The Flames have totaled 16 goals in their last three games and the nine in their last game makes that stat more impressive.
The Flames have won five of their last seven games facing the Wild.
Thank you for the power play
In their last game, the Wild were on the road beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 where they scored all three of their goals on the power play. The Wild ha three fewer shots in the game (31-28), but the team really came through with the extra man. Not only was Minnesota 3/3 on the power play, but they killed all three of Vancouver’s power play chances. Three different players for the Wild found the back of the net in the win over the Canucks and Mikael Granlund had two assists for the 2nd straight game. Devan Dubnyk (10-8-2 2.68 GAA) gave up two goals on 31 shots in the game and he had given up four goals in each of his previous four starts. In his last eight starts, Minnesota only has three wins.
Granlund leads the Wild in points and assists and has five points in his last three games and Zach Parise leads them in goals and has tickled the twine four times in his last five games including the last one. On the season Minnesota is 7-6 on the road.
Flames light the ice on fire
The Flames were on the road in their last game lighting it up, big time, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-6.
If you didn't catch last night's win, well, settle in and prepare for a NINE goal outburst from us 🔥 pic.twitter.com/U8r9UiIp2i
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) December 5, 2018
They exploded for five goals in the 2nd period and then tacked on three more in the 3rd in a game where they were outshot 30-28. They scored three of their four goals on the power play and gave up one goal on the power play. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had two goals and two assists and five other players found the back of the net for Calgary. David Rittich (8-2-1 2.39 GAA) gave up three goals on 14 shots before being pulled and Mike Smith relieved him and gave up three goals on 16 shots, so did not do much better. Smith had only given up four goals in his previous three starts before giving up three in relief in the last game.
Gaudreau leads the team in points and has nine points in his last five games and Monahan leads them in goals and has netted four goals in his last three games. This season the Flames are 8-3-2 at home.
The Calgary Flames are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games
- 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game
The Minnesota Wild are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 37-79 in their last 116 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Ok, so the Flames will not score nine goals in this game, but their offense will stay hot against a Minnesota team that has mnot played the best D in their last few games. Sure, the Wild only gave up two goals in their last game, but they will give up more than that in this game. Calgary will be solid on both sides of home ice in their Western Conference matchup and they will get the W.
Prediction: PICK: Flames
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Under record is 4-1-2 in the last seven games between these teams don’t look for that to be the money bet in this game. The Flames scored nine goals in their last game and they will keep the foot on the pedal on the attack in this game. They have an Over record of 5-1 in their last six games facing teams from the Central Division and look for that trend to continue.
Prediction: PICK: Over