The NHL is back in action on Saturday as the Calgary Flames will clash with the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Flames are heading into this game after a 6-5 OT win against the Flyers at home. And on the other side, the Wild enjoyed a 5-1 home win against the Panthers.
Calgary Flames Form
The Flames got five wins in a row until they lost in Edmonton by the Oilers. The game was tight and the loss of 1-0 was a bit harsh on them. Yet that did not derail their form as they bounced with a win against the Flyers. They are the leaders in the Pacific division at the moment. As a result, Calgary now has 3 points lead over the Ducks and the Sharks in the division.
It was interesting to watch their game against the Flyers. The score was 5-3 and the expectation was that it is all over for the Flames. But they were fighting and scored twice in the final minute. As a result, they hit the final blow in the overtime and showed that they are fighters.
The Flames head into this game on the 6th in scoring at 3.53 goals per game and 6th place in goals allowed at 2.79 goals per game.
Minnesota Wild Form
The Wild suffered lately as they lost 5 of their last 6 games. But they were able to turn the tide as they had a big win against Montreal. For the home fans, it was a special as the game ended with a score of 7-1. Moreover, the Wild is improving as they also beat the Panthers at home.
Minnesota scored a total of 13 goals during that awful six-game stretch. Yet, in their last two wins, they have now put up 12 goals. They have another home game now and a chance for three home wins in a row. Therefore, they are the favourites to win this game
Minnesota enters this game ranked 10th in scoring at 3.23 goals per game and 11th in goals allowed at 2.84 goals per game.
I expect that the Wild to win this game. They have the momentum on their side. The two home wins in a row makes them favourites to win this game. On the other side, the Flames are playing well at home. Yet their away form is not that great. Therefore, I expect another solid home win for the Wild.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild on 12/15/2018
is: Take the Minnesota Wild – 137 (money line)
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