Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild - 3/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild - 3/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (31-16-3) vs Calgary Flames (31-14-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -120 / Calgary Flames +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Wild host the Calgary Flames in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Calgary Flames come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-14-6. Through 51 games, the Flames are 1st in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 177 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Calgary is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.43 goals per game. So far, the Flames have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Calgary Flames with an overall record of 31-16-3. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 50 games, the Wild have scored 190 goals, giving them an average of 3.72. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 3.08 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 8th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In his team's 51 games, he has come up with 20 goals and 45 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 11.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +40. The team's top overall goal scorer is Andrew Mangiapane. Of his 27 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.13 goals per game.In his 41 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 49 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.5%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 36 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. 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.

In Minnesota's 50 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 24-23. So far, the Wild have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 12 of their 21 games at Xcel Energy Center. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.66. However, when playing at home, that figure drops to just .14. As the Minnesota Wild get set to take on the Flames, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. On the other side, Calgary has gone 4-1 in their last 5 contests. Look for the Flames to pick up a road win over the Wild.

 

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