Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (19-14-5) at Minnesota Wild (17-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -123 / Calgary Flames +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild meet Monday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Calgary Flames look for another win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Lindholm leads Calgary with 15 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 19 assists and Sean Monahan has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. David Rittich has given up 78 goals on 899 shots faced and Cam Talbot has allowed 27 goals on 299 shots. The Calgary Flames have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Ryan Suter has 20 assists and Eric Staal has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 47 goals on 435 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 55 goals on 556 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 Monday games. The under is 4-1 in Flames last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 3-1-1 in Wild last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Flames are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 4-0-2 in the last 6 meetings.
This is a very quick turnaround for the Calgary Flames after playing last night and now having to get ready for a game Monday afternoon. The Minnesota Wild are well rested, their offense is looking sharp and they've done a lot of their bst work recently on their home ice. Yes, the Flames have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Wild, but this is a rough schedule spot for Calgary on the road. I'll side with the Minnesota Wild and the cheap price.