The Flames have raced out to first place in the Pacific Division standings with a 17-9-2 overall record through 28 games this season. Their 26 points ties them for third place in the West and puts them three points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the division race. The Flames are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and 8-3-2 at home so far this year.
Wild stop slide in Vancouver
The Wild snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to open up their road trip through Canada. Jason Zucker broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and Minnesota capitalized on all three of their power play opportunities to stop their recent slide. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter also scored power play goals, while Devan Dubnyk turned away 29 of 31 shots to earn the victory.
Ryan Suter after one period of play: "We knew we had to get one before the end of the period" pic.twitter.com/7lEpkhkIdV
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) December 2, 2018
Dubnyk is scheduled to patrol the crease once again on for the Wild on Thursday. He comes into the matchup versus the Flames sporting a 10-8-2 overall record to go along with a 2.68 GAA and a .911 save percentage so far this year. He made one start against the Flames in the 2017-18 season, earning a shutout win despite facing just 10 shots on the night.
The Wild come in scoring 3.19 goals per game (12th in the NHL) and allowing 2.85 goals per contest (tied for 12th in the NHL). Minnesota has converted on 23.9 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage so far this year (9th in the NHL), while killing off 84.1 percent of their penalties (4th in the NHL).
Calgary uses five unanswered goals to pull off 9-6 comeback win
The Flames rallied from a three-goal deficit in the second period to escape with a 9-6 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Johnny Gaudreau tallied four points and the Flames scored five straight second period goals to pull off the impressive comeback win. Gaudreau and Sean Mohanen finished with two goals and two assists each, helping the Flames turn 11 scoring chances into nine goals on the night. David Rittich started the game, but was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Mike Smith relieved him and stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced over the next two periods to come away with a win.
— Hockey Daily (@HockeyDaily365) December 3, 2018
The Flames are now 9-0-0 when Mohanen has at least two points in a game this season and 8-0-1 when Gaudreau tallies multiple points as well. Smith is expected to be back between the pipes for the Flames on Thursday. He comes in with a 9-7-1 overall record to go along with a 3.12 GAA and an .887 save percentage so far this year. After a slow start, Smith has won four straight games, while compiling a respectable .905 save percentage over his past five starts. The veteran goaltender made three starts against the Wild last season, going 1-1-1 with a 1.93 GAA and a .932 save percentage versus Minnesota.
- Flames are 10-1 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Flames are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central.
- Wild are 37-79 in their last 116 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Wild are 2-5 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Wild care just 2-5 in their last seven meetings between these two teams. Calgary has been playing well as of late and their comeback against Columbus marked the fourth time in eight games that the Flames scored at least six goals. Smith has been turning the corner as well, so I’ll be leaning towards Calgary at home in this spot on Thursday night.
Prediction: Pick: Calgary Flames -147
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have gone over the projected total just once time in their last seven meetings. Dubnyk has been excellent in goal for the Wild all season long and Smith has allowed two goals or less in three of his last four games and three goals or less in seven straight appearances. Look for this game to go under the projected total at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.
Prediction: Under 6
Full-Game Prop Bet
Sean Monahan has 17 goals this season, including seven on the power play. He’s on quite the hot streak right now too with goals in each of his last three games and eight goals in his last nine games overall. Look for him to get the Flames on the board first in this game.
Prediction: Sean Monahan to score the Flames first goal
Half-Time Side Pick
The Wild are in the midst of a three-game road swing through the West Coast of Canada and the Flames have been red-hot over their past 10 games, going 7-3-1 during that span. Mike Smith has struggled to start games at times this season, but he’s turned things around over his last four games. The Flames are also 8-3-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome this season, so take Calgary to win the first period of this game on Thursday night.
Prediction: Calgary Flames to win the first period
Half-Time Total Bet
We’re already leaning towards the under, so this play should be no surprise here. The Flames just scored nine goals in their last game, while the Wild failed to score an even-strength goal against Vancouver last time out. With Minnesota playing their second game of a three-game road swing through the West Coast of Canada, look for this game to stay under the projected first period total on Thursday night.
Prediction: Under First Period Goals
Half-Time Prop Prediction
Monahan has been red-hot as of late and he played well in three games against the Wild last season. In those games, he tallied three points (two goals, one assist). Take Manahan to score the first goal of this game on Thursday night.
Prediction: Monahan to score the first goal of the game