Betting Calgary on Tuesday Will Cause Your Wager to Go Up in Flames

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Dana Lane

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:51 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 1:51 PM UTC

The Calgary Flames on Tuesday night head to the Xcel Energy Center, were they’ve dropped five of seven meetings against the Minnesota Wild; puck drops at 8 p.m. ET.

Calgary Flames at Minnesota WildFree NHL Pick: Wild -135Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The Minnesota Wild were thoroughly beaten by the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, 7-2, but as one of the leagues most unpredictable teams it’s likely we’re going to get a solid bounce-back effort against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday -- but it may be without one of the Wild's recent stars.

Mikko Koivu has the flu and did not practice Monday. “I guess you’d have to call him questionable at this moment for (Tuesday),” coach Bruce Boudreau said.

The second-line center doesn’t have sparkling numbers this season, but recently he’s become more of an offensive force in totaling four points in his last 5 games and six in his last 10. I’ve always felt that injuries create opportunities, and when we’re betting on a single event we only need an inspired effort once. That could come from Charlie Coyle if he’s forced to play on the second line or be called on to play more than his usual 17 minutes.

A bigger role for Coyle may not be the worst thing considering he’s scored 8 of his 17 points in his last 10 games. Koivu's flu may have come at the perfect time with all four of Boudreau’s lines finding success. Even fourth-line center Matt Cullen has three points in his last five games. The Wild are getting some offensive help from the blue-line from Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin. Although they are both on different pairing, they have combined for 8 assists in their last 5 games, giving the Wild two pairings that that can rely on to contribute to the scoring.

The Wild will put an emphasis on the defensive end. They looked confused against the Avalanche, who appeared to have fresher legs. I like to jump on teams that identify a problem and then put an emphasis on it during practice time. Koivu may not be the only member of the Wild with some injury concerns. Reports surfaced that Nino Niederreiter left practice Monday before conditioning drills, but word is he’ll be fine to play against the Flames.

The goaltending matchup appears to be Mike Smith for the Flames against Alex Stalock for the Wild. Stalock has already beaten the Flames twice this season and allowed just 3 total goals. To be fair, one of his wins was in relief of Devan Dubnyk, but he had to earn that win in a shootout after two solid periods of play.

Smith is coming off a 27-save effort against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The Flames stole a 3-2 victory, their 3rd straight. The Wild have a streak of their own going at home as they’ve won four straight to push their record to an outstanding 14-4-2 at home.

I’m betting that the Wild will continue their streak even though we have to lay a little more juice than we’d like to. A win is a win.

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