Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (30-14-6) vs Minnesota Wild (31-15-3)
Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -133 / Minnesota Wild +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames host the Minnesota Wild in Saturday NHL Action
The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-15-3. Through 49 games, the Wild are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 187 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 16th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.0 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 7th ranked team in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 30-14-6. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 50 games, the Flames have scored 170 goals, giving them an average of 3.36. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.42 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.
Through 48 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov with 62 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.3%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 35 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.94 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 50 games, he has come up with 20 goals and 44 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. Of his 26 goals, 27.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +39. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.11 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Minnesota's 49 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-17-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 12-13-1. On the season, 63.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Wild. In Calgary's 50 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 24-23-2. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 10-11-1. On the season, 60.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Flames. Look for this game to finish above the line of 6.5 goals.
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