Flames vs Wild Prediction - NHL Picks 12/14/23

Minnesota Wild (10-12-4) vs Calgary Flames (11-14-4)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -147 / Calgary Flames +118 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at the Xcel Energy Center. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Flames vs Wild prediction.

Wild Defense Locked Down in Last Game

The Wild scored three goals against the Seattle Kraken in the last game, but even more impressive in the last game was the defense not giving up any goals. Filip Gustavsson stopped all 24 of the shots that he faced. The Wild are averaging 3.07 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.31 goals per game. The offense is ranked 17th in the league, but this game is going to come down to the defense here. Mats Zuccarello has scored six goals and added 22 assists so far this season. 

Minnesota Wild Player Prop Facts

  • Matthew Boldy has scored at least one goal in seven of his last eight appearances against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded at least one point in each of the Wild's last 10 games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded an assist in each of the Wild's last six games as favorites against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Matthew Boldy has scored two goals against the Flames this season - most against any opponent.

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Flames Defense Looks to Bounce Back

The Flames defense really struggled in the last game against the Vegas Golden Knights, with the defense gave up five goals. The offense did score four goals but it wasn’t enough as they were defeated. Nazem Kadri scored one goal and added one assist. The Flames on the season are averaging 3.0 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.48 goals per game. The defense is ranked 28th in the league and they are going to need the defense to step up here. Nazem Kadri has scored eight goals and added 14 assists. 

Calgary Flames Player Prop Facts

  • Nazem Kadri has scored a goal in four of the Flames' last five games as underdogs.
  • MacKenzie Weegar has recorded a point in each of the Flames' last seven night games.
  • Blake Coleman has recorded an assist in seven of the Flames' last eight games as underdogs.
  • Yegor Sharangovich has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Flames this season (2).

Flames vs Wild Betting Prediction

The Flames defense really struggled in the last game, while the Wild’s defense was excellent in the last game. The Wild in the last game scored three goals and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The Flames are going to really struggle here with the defense and that is going to be the difference here as Calgary is going to get the job done. Back the Wild on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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