Wild vs. Flames Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 05, 2018

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The Calgary Flames have strung together three straight wins to climb to the top of the Pacific division. With plenty of time left in the season, the Flames can’t afford to let their foot off the gas.

Minnesota
37-36-5-4
AT
December 06, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
50-25-3-4
Puckline +1.5 -205
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +6

26%

Betting Action

74%

Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +6

26%

Betting Action

74%

Calgary will attempt to extend its win streak when it hosts the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. The Flames have had no trouble scoring goals in bunches this year, but understand they need to play a tighter defensive game if they are going to make a deep playoff run.

Minnesota has trended in the opposite direction of late in losing three of its last four games. Can the Wild get back on track with a big road win over Calgary? Or will the Flames remain red hot on home ice? Here is a closer look at the matchup.

Wild vs Flames Betting Analysis

Minnesota has struggled on the road this season with a 7-6-0 record. The Wild have also been a tough team to bet on when it comes to the puck line, producing a 12-15 PL record so far this season. This will mark the first of two meetings between these teams in a span of nine days.

Calgary has played its best hockey at Scotiabank Saddledome with an 8-3-2 record this season. The Flames are 15-13 on the puck line this season, including a 7-6 PL record as the home team. Calgary has played some of its best hockey of late and is 7-2-1 over its last 10 games. The Flames have averaged 5.3 goals per game over the course of their current three-game win streak.

Minnesota Wild

Everybody on the Minnesota roster understands the importance of improved play at the defensive end of the ice right now. The Wild have allowed four goals or more in each of their last three losses. In comparison, Minnesota has allowed two goals or fewer in each of its last two wins. Keeping the puck out of their own net will be key for the Wild when they visit Calgary. The Flames are capable of scoring goals in bunches so this will be a tough matchup. The pressure will be on Devan Dubnyk to shut the door on Thursday night. Dubnyk is 10-8-2 with a .911 save percentage this season.

Meanwhile, it would certainly help the goaltender out if Minnesota were able to score some goals in this contest. Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise and Eric Staal have led the way up front but secondary scoring has been an issue for the Wild. If they can get some contributions from their third and fourth lines, it will go a long way to having a shot to win in Calgary on Thursday night.

Calgary Flames

The Flames are coming off a wild win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in which they came back from 3-1 down to win 9-6. While Calgary is capable of scoring goals in bunches, this team also understands the importance of playing better hockey in its own end. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have led the way up front with some excellent production. The Flames have also received some solid secondary scoring from players like Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund.

The key for Calgary is to continue to produce offensively while getting better play from its goaltenders. David Rittich is 8-2-1 with a .919 save percentage but was pulled in Tuesday’s win in Columbus. That means the Flames could turn back to Mike Smith for the start on Thursday. Smith is 9-7-1 with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage this season. Smith is capable of playing better than he has so perhaps this is the game where he starts to get his season on track. Calgary has more than enough firepower to beat the Wild at home, so look for Gaudreau and company to find a way to get the job done on home ice and extend their win streak.

Wild vs. Flames Prediction

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