Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Apr 28, 2022

The Calgary Flames open the first half of their final back-to-back of the season versus the Wild on Thursday night in Minnesota.

Calgary
50-21-9-2
AT
April 28, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota
53-22-3-4
Puckline +1.5 -262
Moneyline -113
Over / Under o +6.5

59%

Betting Action

41%

Puckline -1.5 +217
Moneyline -107
Over / Under u +6.5

59%

Betting Action

41%

The Flames will wrap up their regular season in Winnipeg Friday and will get ready to face either the Stars or the Predators in the first round of the playoffs.

The Wild are also playing the first half of their final back-to-back, wrapping up their season against the Avalanche Friday night. Currently tied for second in the Central Division at 109 points, winning their final two regular season games would guarantee Minnesota home ice in the first round of the playoffs.

The Wild are the very slight -114 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Flames vs. Wild NHL Betting Odds

The Flames have dominated the season series so far, outscoring the Wild by a combined score of 12-4 and beating them in a home-and-home back on March 1. Matthew Tkachuk is leading the series in scoring, with three goals and two helpers, while Jacob Markstrom backstopped Calgary in both wins and stopped a combined 54 of 58 shots.

The Moneyline bets are slightly leaning towards Calgary tonight as 56 per cent of bettors are taking the Flames to complete the season series sweep.

Eight of their past 10 matchups have played the Under, but 65 per cent of the action for this game is taking the Over.

Giving up the league’s second-lowest goals against per game(2.5GA/GP) has helped the Flames to a 40-33 record on the Over/Under. They did not cover their last time out but are still 7-3 ATS in their past 10 and 44-36 ATS on the year.

Minnesota’s 46-31 record on the Over/Under boasts the second most Overs in the Western Conference. The offence is clicking with 3.73 goals per game, fifth-best in the NHL. With only a pair of games left, the Wild could even their 39-41 record ATS.

Calgary Flames

In a very heated possible playoff preview versus Nashville Tuesday night, Tkachuk (41) scored with less than a second left to even the contest 4-4, sending it to overtime. Elias Lindholm (41) would win it for the Flames just two minutes into the extra period, completing the comeback for their third straight victory.

Johnny Gaudreau logged two assists in the win, giving him 12 points (5G, 7A) on a six-game point streak. Defenceman Rasmus Andersson also had two assists Tuesday night to get his point total to 50 on the season. That puts him in an elite company as he is currently 10th amongst defenders with 46 assists this year.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota had a five-game win streak snapped Tuesday night, losing 5-3 to the last-place Arizona Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury started his third straight game and had himself a tough night, allowing four goals on 25 shots. Kirill Kaprizov picked up a pair of assists in the loss and has 12 points (2G, 10A) on a five-game point streak. Matt Boldy is also currently riding a point streak, recording three goals and 12 assists over the past 12 games.

With a heated first-round series versus the St. Louis Blues on the horizon, the Wild may keep some of their stars out of the lineup for the final two contests of the year. They may still go all-out to try and win tonight though, considering they are trying to solidify home-ice advantage.

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