Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames Prediction, 3/4/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Wild (+105) Flames (-125)
The Calgary Flames (27-22-13) will compete against the Minnesota Wild (35-21-6) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. The line on this contest has the Wild at +105 and the Flames are at -125. The betting total comes in at 6.
The Minnesota Wild were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 victory against the Canucks their last time on the ice. Minnesota accumulated 11 penalty mins in this matchup. The Wild offense left a lot to be desired in the victory. Additionally, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 2 out of the 36 shots they tried.
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Regarding scoring goals, the Minnesota Wild have racked up 172 goals (25th in hockey) on the year and have given up 165. For the current campaign, they have racked up 76 points and their points percentage sits at .613. Minnesota has 192 power play chances and they have added 44 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 22.92%. When at even strength, the Wild let the opposition score 130 goals while getting 128 on offense. Minnesota has attempted 1,942 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 8.9%. The Wild so far have had 1,859 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .911. Minnesota Wild opponents have totaled 195 power play tries (14th in professional hockey) and have earned 35 goals in those attempts.
The player in the crease for this game is Filip Gustavsson. For his professional hockey career, Gustavsson has accumulated 33 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .673. His save percentage currently sits at .917 for his 3,151 minutes in the crease. Gustavsson has had 1,630 shot attempts taken against him and he has 1,495 saves. The opposition has notched 135 goals versus Gustavsson in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.57. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 26-21-6 and he has gotten the start in 49 games. Gustavsson has played in 55 games throughout his NHL career.
Their last time out, Calgary went up against the Maple Leafs in an outing where the Flames ended up taking the loss by a tally of 2-1. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this contest but weren't able to notch a goal. The Flames netted 1 goal of the 26 shots on goal they tried.
Calgary has taken 2,209 shots (2nd in the NHL) and has earned a shooting percentage of 8.74%, while allowing their opponents 1,674 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.84% on the other teams 214 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 88.6%. They have earned 198 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 19.70%. The Flames have accumulated 154 goals at even strength and 39 goals (18th in hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 190 goals to be scored by of a combination of 149 goals at even strength and 41 goals while they were shorthanded. On the season, the Calgary Flames are sitting with 193 goals, 67 points, in addition to a points percentage of .540.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Jacob Markstrom in net. Teams are averaging 2.71 goals/game and he has yielded 1,084 goals overall. Markstrom's quality start percentage sits at 52.2% and he has qualified for 210 quality starts in his pro career. He got the starting nod in 402 contests and has been on the ice for 23,985 minutes. Markstrom is the owner of a career mark of 184-168-51 and has played in 419 contests. He has recorded 10,934 saves out of the 12,018 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .910.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Calgary (-125)
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