Wild & Flames To Blaze Over The 'Total'

Dana Lane

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 3:27 PM UTC

Championship Handicapper Dana Lane explains why the emergence of Johnny Gaudreau will propel tonight's match-up to go over the 'Total'.

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Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames

In the Calgary Flames last six games, four of those, have easily cashed 'over' tickets. An impressive run for sure but not nearly as impressive as the Wild's streak of 'overs' which now has a sparkling record of 16-3-3 in their last 22 games. I'm not in any mood to go against that trend even though we're being asked to lay -140. 

Overall Minnesota is 21-3-2 over their last 26 games. During that stretch, the Wild have averaged 3.77 goals per game so you would need the Flames to give you just a couple goals and we cash our ticket. The Wild have given up 2.39 goals per game over that span.

I have very little confidence that Flames goaltender Brian Elliot will hold down the league's fourth-best offensive team. Elliot's season has not been what the Flames had envisioned since acquiring him from the St.Louis Blues. The Flames netminder is just 9-12-2 with 2.88 goals against average and a .892 save percentage, among the league's worst. Elliot gets the start because head coach Glen Gulutzan has a win and stay in Philosophy. Elliot had 25 saves in a win against the Ottawa Senators last Wednesday.

The Wild have been getting massive offensive production from Mikael Granlund as he's scored a point in nine straight games. Over that span, Granlund has 11 points. He just points away from matching his career high in points. His emergence may have come when they moved Eric Staal to center.

In addition, the Wild power play has converted over 31% in the month of January.

Gulutzan changed his lines up a bit but have reunited the 3M line. RW Michael Frolik skated alongside LW Johnny Gaudreau and C Sean Monahan during a 3-2 overtime win last Thursday in Ottawa, but RW Troy Brouwer is now working with that duo. Frolik, meanwhile, is back in his usual spot with C Mikael Backlund and LW Matthew Tkachuk?

This is also a double revenge spot for the Wild as they've dropped both meetings to the Flames this season. You can bet the Wild will be wanting to send a message to the Flames who may think they have the Wild's number.

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