Our NHL consultant breaks down tonight's game between Calgary and Minnesota. Join us in reading this informative betting preview article on this contest which concludes with a money line selection.
Flames in the Excel Energy Center
The Minnesota Wild will host the Calgary Flames on Friday at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Heritage, Minnesota is a -168 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This is the third meeting of the season between these Western Conference teams. The first two were played in Calgary with Minnesota winning on each occasion by scores of 1-0 and 3-2.
Playoff Picture for both Teams
The Calgary Flames enter today on the outside looking in regarding the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They’re now fourth in the Pacific Division, one point behind the Los Angeles Kings, and have eight games remaining in the regular season. Tonight will be the start of a five game in eight day road trip. Calgary concludes the regular season with three straight home games. They also trail Winnipeg by 3-points and Minnesota by 4-points in the Western Conference wild card chase. On a positive note, they have one game in hand on Winnipeg.
The Minnesota Wild currently resides in the top Western Conference wild card position. The Wild are three points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for third place in the Central Division, although Chicago has one game in hand. Tonight will be the first of a five game in eleven day home stand for Minnesota.
Flames High Risk and High Reward Offensive Attack
The good news for the Flames, they’ve averaged 3.4 goals per game during the month of March. The bad news, they’ve allowed 3.1 goals per game, and have gone 3-5 in the last eight versus the money line. Despite those lofty goal scoring numbers in both facets of their game, they’ve somehow managed to go under the total in four of the previous five contests. Calgary has been one of the more profitable road teams in the NHL this season, going 19-16 versus the money line, and hypothetically made $100 a game players $1140.
The Minnesota Wild has won the last three and twenty-one of their last twenty-six games against the money line. They’ve been resurgent since acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. Dubnyk has started in thirty-two straight games for the Wild, going 24-8, with a superb 1.82 GAA, and posted five shutouts.
The Minnesota Wild is averaging 2.9 goals per game this season. That’s not good news for the Calgary Flames since they’ve gone 4-18 against the money line this season, versus opponents that average 2.85 or more goals per game. This is going to be one of those rare occasions I’m going to lay the heavy juice when making my NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Play on Minnesota -169 at 5Dimes.