The Calgary Flames (15-16-5) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (16-15-4) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Flames are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wild are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild
The Calgary Flames Are Coming Off A Win
For the season, the Flames currently hold an overall record of 15-16-5. On the road, Calgary has gone 6-9-4 and they are 9-7-1 at home. They are currently positioned 6th in the Western Pacific division and 13th in the Western conference. This season, Calgary has managed to win eight games by a margin of more than one goal while losing 12 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 17-19.
The Flames most recently faced the Flyers at home and achieved a 4-3 win. On offense, the Flames were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net one time in the second period and ended with three goals in the third. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 33 shots on goal and had 18 turnovers.
Although Calgary secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The over/under line going into the game was 5.5 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Currently, the Wild hold an overall record of 16-15-4 for the season. On the road, Minnesota has a 6-10-2 record, while they are 10-5-2 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 7th in the Western Central division and 12th in the Western conference. This season, Minnesota’s average scoring margin is -0.1, which has their puck line record at 20-15. Their average home scoring margin is +.2, and in road games, it stands at -0.3.
The Wild are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss at home to the Jets. Against the Jets, the Wild scored one goal in the first period and one time in the 3rd period. Out of Minnesota’s two goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 26 shots on goal and had six giveaways.
Despite the defeat, Minnesota managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Calgary Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Flames are averaging 3 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. The Calgary offense is ranked 28th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 1st in the NHL.
The Flames come in with an over/under record of 20-15-1. Over the season, there have been 19 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.3 goals per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 24th position in the league. Minnesota’s offense comes into the game ranked 22nd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.
The Wild come in with an over/under record of 17-15-3. Over the season, there have been 18 games that have surpassed the 6 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.4 goals per game.
Calgary Team Defense
Defensively, the Flames are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.4 shots per game against Calgary. They also are 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild are currently 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 18th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Flames vs Wild Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Calgary has a 4-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Across their last five home contests, Minnesota has a 4-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Wild have gone 8-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Flames have an overall record of 2-1 while going 1-2 against the spread.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Wild to defeat the Flames while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -121, I’m placing a wager on the Wild to win outright.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Flames to cover. Even in the event of a Wild victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Flames should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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