Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild - 4/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild - 4/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (51-22-7) vs Calgary Flames (50-20-10)

Game Info: Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -110 / Calgary Flames -112 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Calgary Flames come into this road contest with an overall record of 50-20-10. Through 80 games, the Flames are 1st in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 290 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Calgary is the 3rd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.5 goals per game. So far, the Flames have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 2nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Minnesota Wild get set to host the Calgary Flames with an overall record of 51-22-7. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 80 games, the Wild have scored 303 goals, giving them an average of 3.73. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams.On defense, Minnesota is the 18th-ranked unit, giving up 3.08 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 25th 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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Through 80 games, the Calgary Flames' leading goal scorer is Matthew Tkachuk. With his 61 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 102. On the season, he is turning 16.3% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Flames have benefited from the strong play of Johnny Gaudreau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Calgary's 80 games, he has come up with 39 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 63. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.21 goals per game. In his 62 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 79 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 105 points. He has reached his mark of 45 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 29% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Kevin Fiala, who has 51 assists to go along with his 33 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.78 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Calgary's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-35-5. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-2. On the season, 62.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Flames. In Minnesota's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 47-31-2. So far, taking the over when the Wild are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-12-1. On the season, 65.0% of Minnesota's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Wild. I expect this matchup to surpass the over-under line of 6 goals. Even though both Minnesota and Calgary have above average defensive units, each team is alow among the league leaders in goals scored. This matchup should be a higher-scoring game than expected.

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