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NHL: Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild Prediction 12/14/2023

The Calgary Flames (11-15-4) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (10-12-4) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Flames are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Golden Knights. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.

Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild

The Calgary Flames Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Coming into their game vs. Wild, the Flames have a 11-15-4 record. They hold a 6-6-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 5-9-3 on the road. This record has them sitting 5th in the Western Pacific division and 11th in the Western conference. Calgary’s average scoring margin this season is -0.6, leading to an overall puck line record of 13-16. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of -0.2, while on the road, it is -0.9.

After suffering a 5-4 loss on the road to the Golden Knights, the Flames are looking to bounce back today. Against the Golden Knights, the Flames’ offense scored in all three periods. In the game, Calgary managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 31 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.

Despite the defeat, Calgary managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.

The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win

So far this season, the Wild have an overall record of 10-12-4. Currently, they are 5-4-2 at home and carry a two game home win streak into the game. They are currently positioned 7th in the Western Central division and 13th in the Western conference. Looking at Minnesota’s average scoring margin, it is -0.3, which has led to a puck line record of 15-11. When playing at home, their scoring margin is -0.3, and on the road, it is -0.3.

In their most recent matchup, the Wild played against the Kraken and won with a score of 3-0. After scoring one goal in the first period, the Wild found the net two times in the 3rd period against the Kraken. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 26 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.

Minnesota secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 3 goals.

Calgary Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Flames come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 17th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Flames offense is 28th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 7th in the NHL.

This season, the over/under record for the Flames’ is 18-10-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.6 goals per game.

Minnesota Offense Breakdown

Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 27th position in the league. In terms of the Wild’s offense during power plays, they are 22nd in power play goals and 23rd in shorthanded goals.

This season, the over/under record for the Wild’s is 13-11-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.5 goals per game.

Calgary Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Flames’ defense is 12th in takeaways at 6.8 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is 20th in the NHL.

Minnesota Team Defense

Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 27th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 29.8 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Flames vs Wild Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Calgary has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 3 goals per game.
  • Through their last ten home games, Minnesota has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 4-6 while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • As the betting underdog, the Wild have an puck line mark of just 7-3 in their last ten games. Minnesota posted a straight up mark of 3-7 in these matchups.
  • Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Flames have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 0-3.

Flames vs Wild Prediction

When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Flames to defeat the Wild while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +128, I’m placing a wager on the Flames to win outright.

If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Flames winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Flames straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

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