Flames vs. Wild NHL Odds and Preview – April 28th, 2022

The Minnesota Wild host the Calgary Flames in their next NHL contest. This is a clash between the second-best Central Division team and the top Pacific Division Team. Both have four wins in the last five games and are carrying plenty of momentum as they approach Thursday night’s game.

Nitrobetting is ready to dish out some slick assists to get bets into the back of the net. This time, let’s break down the upcoming matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. Be sure to be on the lookout for updated NHL odds at our online Bitcoin sportsbook before placing your bets.

Flames vs. Wild Game Information

  • When: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  • Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan (Flames) // KOOL 108 FM (Wild)
  • Live Stream: NHL Live
  • NHL Betting Odds: Flames (+105) / Wild (-120)

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Why Bet on the Calgary Flames?

The Flames are on a hot streak of three-straight wins, featuring an exciting 5-4 road victory over the Predators in their last game. This is their third and final game against Minnesota, and the team hopes to grab a third win to sweep the series.

Calgary is 50-20-10 in 80 games. This is enough to bring the team up to the top of the Pacific Division. The team has 290 goals in the bag and is good for a sixth-best rank in the league. Calgary has more defensive sting on paper. They are the third-ranked defensive team in the NHL, averaging just 2.5 opponent goals per game. So far, the Flames enter the game as the second-ranked team in the opponent-adjusted scoring margin.

Matthey Tkachuk is Calgary’s top scorer with 81 assists and is second in overall points at 102. This season, he converts 16.3% of his shots into goals. The Flames profited from his duo with Johnny Gaudreau who leads the team in points. Calgary produced 39 points in 80 games on a 15.1 shooting percentage. His offensive presence on the ice is irrefutable and gives him a plus-minus rating of 63. Meanwhile, the Flames’ top goalie Jacob Markstrom gives up 2.21 goals per game on average. He produced 38 quality starts in 62 games, placing him above the quality start percentage.

Why Bet on the Minnesota Wild?

The Minnesota Wild just snapped a five-game winning streak in the hands of the Coyotes. It was an exciting game from start to finish, but the team now focuses on its last two regular season games. Additionally, the Wild has the benefit of home advantage in both games.

Minnesota holds an overall record of 51-227. This puts the team in a strong second place in their division. The Wild scored 303 goals averaging 3.73 in 80 games, ranking the team fifth in the league. Defensively, Minnesota falls back as the 18th-ranked franchise. The team is giving up 3.08 goals per contest this seaon. The Wild played the 25th hardest schedule in 2022.

After 79 games, Kirill Kaprizov tops Minnesota’s scoring with 105 points. He averaged a 15.8% shooting with 29% of his goals materializing during power play. Reporting the second-best record is Kevin Fiala. The 25-year-old has 33 goals to go with his 51 assists. His prowess on ice produced a plus-minus rating of +23. Minnesota’s best goalie this season is Cam Talbot, who allows an average of 2.78 goals per game. He logged 27 quality starts in 48 appearances, placing him above the league average in quality start percentage.

Flames vs. Wild Betting Trends

  • The Flames are 4-1 in the last five road games.
  • The Flames are 2-4 in the last six games against the Wild.
  • The totals went under in two of the Flames’ last five road games.
  • The Wild are 4-1 in the last five games at Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Wild are 1-2 in the last three home games against the Flames.
  • The totals went over in four of the Wild’s last five home games.

Flames vs. Wild Expert Betting Predictions

Calgary hit over in half of their games this season, going 40-35-5. Taking the over when the Flames are on the road is a good pick with a consistent over-under record of 19-18-2. Calgary’s games have gone for at least six goals or more in 62% of their games, with 59% of the scoring coming from their lineup.

On the other hand, Minnesota hit the over in more than 40 games, going 47-31-2. Taking the over when the Wild are in familiar territory is a good bet with an over-under record of 26-12-1. Minnesota’s games hit at least six goals or more 65% of the time, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from their end. Ultimately, this matchup is likely to hit the over-under line with plenty of scorers on the ice.

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