Calgary Flames vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/5/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (+103) Wild (-123)
David Rittich and the Calgary Flames (21-17-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) travel to Xcel Energy Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Minnesota Wild (19-17-5, 5th in the Central Division). The Flames open this contest at +103 while the Wild are coming in at -123. The over/under opens at 6. The Flames cover 45.0% of the time, having gone 18-22 SU. The Wild cover 45.0% of the time, going 18-22 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this matchup holding a record of 21 victories and 17 losses, ranking them 4th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 115 goals which has them at 11th in the West and 22nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is -15, ranking them 25th in the NHL. The Flames currently have a total of 47 points, which has them at 17th in the NHL and 8th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,329 which has them at 5th in the Western Conference and 12th in the NHL. As a team, Calgary currently has a total of 696 hits which has them averaging 16.2 per contest. They currently have a total of 478 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,880 minutes in net for the season. Rittich is surrendering 2.78 GAA which has him sitting 12th in the West and 24th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has given up 87 goals. He has a save % of .912 which has him sitting 15th in the West.
The Calgary Flames came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 victory over the New York Rangers in their last game. The Flames had a solid offensive outing in this victory. While out there on the ice, they finished 4 out of the 29 shots they tried. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Calgary racked up a total of 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Flames was 36 and the Corsi against was 39 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 and the Fenwick against was 32, which gave them a rate of 46.7%. They won 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 36.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.5 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Rangers racked up a total of 27 shots. They ended the game with 10 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Wild will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 19 victories and 17 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 9th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the league with -11. They currently have a total of 125 goals for the season which ranks 7th in the Western Conference. Minnesota has a save % as a team of .895 which has them sitting 26th in the league, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% putting them at 2nd in the conference. In goal for Minnesota is Devan Dubnyk who is having a tough campaign by giving up 3.23 GAA and that has him 29th among Western Conference goaltenders and 56th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,059 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 57 goals. He holds a save % of .898, which puts him at 25th among Western Conference goaltenders and 50th among goalies in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild squared up with the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Wild took the loss by a tally of 4 - 1. In this outing, Minnesota had a 47.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 44 and the other team having a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick rate was 42.6% by earning a Fenwick of 29 and the Maple Leafs ending the game with a 39 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Minnesota had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 88.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 59.3%. The Wild notched 1 goal of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and converted 1 out of those tries. Regarding their opponent, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 1 goal. Minnesota allowed 29 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs ended up with a total of 6 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Minnesota (-123) and under the total goals
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