Wild on Fire Ahead of Flames
The Minnesota Wild go after a fifth consecutive win Wednesday night, crossing the border and a visit to the Saddledome. Calgary, after a poor stretch, has won three-of-four. We will review the scores and odds to prepare your online sports betting ahead of this game.
Wild are Winning
The Minnesota Wild arrive in Calgary with that aforementioned win streak at four. Over has hit in the last five, two ending with a final score exceeding the 1½ -goal spread. Minnesota’s recent wins have included Dallas and Anaheim, both in overtime.
Regardless of which NHL team appears on the schedule, the Wild are finding a way.
Minnesota is averaging 3.13 goals per game (31.6 shots/game) while surrendering 3.04 goals (29.8 shots. The power play has scored 20 goals (25.6% rate of success). Minnesota’s “kill rate” is at 80.8%, with 15 goals allowed while shorthanded in 2022-23.
Minnesota has had an interesting season in net. Marc-Andre Fleury has started four of the last five, just two in the previous five. Fleury and Filip Gustavsson have alternated starts in the last couple.
Fleury has a 9-5-1 record (3.04 goals-against average, .895 save percentage). Gustavsson, meanwhile, is 4-4-1 (2.75 goals-against, .909 save percentage.
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Goalie Controversy in Calgary?
The Calgary Flames might have a goaltending issue, what with Dan Vladar outplaying No. 1 netminder Jakob Markstrom while Dustin Wolf continues to impress in the AHL.
The Calgary Flames have won three of their last four. Vladar was in the net for all of the wins. In fact, in Markstrom’s start, he openly declared that he “just sucks at hockey right now” after a poor performance (albeit just a 2-1 loss) against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Flames have a 12-10-3 record. Calgary has hit over twice in their last five, while three games have ended with a one-goal margin.
The Flames had a good start to their season, then struggled noticeably, but seemed to have righted the ship. Calgary is averaging 2.96 goals per game (34.5 shots/game), while surrendering three goals per outing (28 shots). Their power play is converting one-fifth (20%) of the time (16 goals).
They’ve killed penalties at a bit lesser rate, with the opposition scoring 20.2% of the time (18 goals against).
If we’re the Flames, we are starting our better goalie right now, as in Vladar (4-4-1, 2.54 goals-against average, .914 save percentage).
Wild vs Flames Game Injuries
Wild vs Flames Head-to-Head
This is the first of three games between the teams this season.
The Flames won the 2021-22 season series, 2-1. Calgary averaged 4.67 goals per game, and Minnesota 2.33 goals across the three games.
Wild vs Flames Game Information
- Game: Wild (13-9-2) vs Flames (12-10-3)
- Location: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 8 p.m. ET
- Wild vs Flames Live stream: NHL.TV
Wild vs Flames Betting Lines
Wild vs Flames Picks & Prediction
The odds on the moneyline favor Calgary at home. The Minnesota Wild have a 13-11 straight-up moneyline record while the Calgary Flames have a 12-13 on the moneyline.
The goal total is set at six. The Flames have a 10-14 over/under record, while the Wild are 13-11 over/under.
Take Vladar and the Flames to get the win at home and cover the spread in the process.
The Calgary Flames are listed at -150 in our Vegas NHL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Flames, you have a chance to win $67. The Minnesota Wild are +130, offering a chance to win $130.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Flames a 60.00% chance to win, with the Wild at 43.48%.