Both the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild have been on a tear lately, which makes this Saturday matchup even more exciting. The host Flames are the current favorites to win this matchup at Sports Interaction.
Wild vs Flames Betting Analysis
The Minnesota Wild are on a successful road trip late in the season, but they’ll face their biggest challenge Saturday night when they face the Calgary Flames. The Flames have had Minny’s number this season, winning both of their two previous matchups. The first was a 2-0 shutout from Mike Smith with both goals coming for the home team from Elias Lindholm. The next one was also a low-scoring affair, with the Flames taking that one 2-1.
The Wild now sit six points behind the Blues for a guaranteed playoff position. They’re tied with Colorado for the highly coveted Wild Card spot but they do have the tiebreaker in that case.
The Flames are rolling with seven wins in a row, finishing up a perfect road trip with a shutout win against the Devils. Calgary is now sitting at first place in the Pacific Division with a comfortable five-point edge over San Jose, with a game in hand to add the exclamation point to their position.
The Wild are pushing hard for that postseason birth, stringing together four convincing wins against the Jets, the Blues, the Red Wings and the New York Rangers. Most impressively, they’ve done it without some of their biggest guns. Mikko Koivu, the team’s point leader, has been out almost a month with a torn ACL. Mikael Granlund was traded to the Nashville Predators for Kevin Fiala on deadline day, and Charlie Coyle was traded to the Bruins before the deadline for Ryan Donato and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.
Tonight’s game against the Wild isn’t actually the big story for the Calgary Flames heading into this one. The crowd is there to watch a Flames legend have his number retired and raised to the roof of the Saddledome. Jarome Iginla will be honored this evening, and the event will be broadcast so be sure to tune in early to watch. Fittingly, Jarome Iginla had a great career record against Minnesota, getting 39 goals and 33 assists in 84 games.
The team is hoping to see some more action from Sean Monahan as the season end draws closer. The 24-year-old center hasn’t scored in eight games.