Calgary Flames vs Minnesota Wild NHL Pick – March 1

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout March 1. Nine games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Calgary has earned a record of 31-14-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in first place of the Pacific division. The Flames are coming off a win in their last game and have won eleven of their last twelve. Calgary has a three point lead on the top of the division. The Flames will look to widen their lead with a win on the road in this one.

The Wild have put up a record of 31-16-3 so far this season, which has them in third place of the Central division. Minnesota has lost three games in a row and five of their last six. The Wild are five points out of the second seed with two games in hand. Minnesota will look to earn a big win at home as they try to get back on track.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Flames have picked up their play throughout their recent stretch of games. Minnesota will look to get back on track after a tough losing streak. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win on Tuesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+210) -121 Over 6 (-125)
Minnesota Wild +1 ½ (-250) +110 Under 6 (+113)

 

Team Data Calgary Flames Minnesota Wild
Overall Record 31-14-6 31-16-3
Away/ Home Record 16-10-2 16-4-1
Goals Per Game 3.43 3.72
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.29 4.43
Save Percentage .916 .905
Save Percentage Away/ Home .913 .903

Betting Trends

Calgary Flames

  • 5-5 on Tuesday nights
  • 6-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 15-8 after a win by two or more goals
  • 16-8 after scoring four goals or more
  • 14-11 when playing team with a winning record

Minnesota Wild

  • 5-3 on Tuesday nights
  • 6-2 when playing on two days rest
  • 10-7 after allowing four goals or more
  • 6-5 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 1-2 after three or more straight losses
  • 11-9 against team with a winning record

These two teams met up once on February 26. Nick Bjugstad, Frederick Gaudreau and Kirill Kaprizov all scored for the Wild, but it was not enough. Matthew Tkachuk and Tyler Toffoli both had two goals and an assist. Blake Coleman added a goal and an assist. The Flames were able to dominate early for a 7-3 win at home.

Special Teams

The Flames have been strong on special teams throughout this season. Calgary has scored on 33 of their 148 power play chances, which is a 22.3 percent power play. The Flames have killed off 115 of their opponents 148 power play attempts, which is an 84.5 percent kill rate. Calgary is 11th on the power play and 6th on the kill this season.

Minnesota has been solid on special teams so far this season. The Wild have capitalized on 31 of their 155 power play opportunities, which is a 20 percent success rate. Minnesota has given up 36 power play goals on 169 penalties against, which is a 78.7 percent penalty kill. The Wild are 18th on the man advantage and 19th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout this season. Calgary has been better on both the power play and penalty kill this season. The Wild have been solid on the power play, while their penalty kill has struggled a bit. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Goaltending Comparison

Jacob Markstrom will likely get the start in the crease for Calgary in this one. Markstrom has started in 41 games this season, going 24-11-5 in those matchups. He has posted a .925 save percentage and a GAA of 2.13 in his starts. Markstrom finished with 22 saves on 25 shots in his last start against Minnesota, which was enough for the win.

I expect Cam Talbot to get the nod in the net for the Wild on Tuesday night. Talbot has earned a record of 19-11-1 throughout his 31 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .910 and a 2.94 GAA in his outings. Talbot’s last start was against the Ottawa Senators. He stopped 30 of 34 shots in the losing effort.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Markstrom has won ten of his last eleven starts entering this one. Talbot has lost three games in a row entering this one. If either team goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Tuesday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams are coming off a meeting on Saturday and will look to bounce back in this one. The Flames have been much hotter as of late, but Minnesota will look to bounce back in this one. The Wild took a tough loss on the road in their last meeting, but I think they can bounce back at home. If Minnesota can come out fast in this one, I like their chances to earn the win.

BetOnline has the Flames listed as a -121 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 54.8 percent of the time. I think that this line could be bigger in favor of the Wild, but since Minnesota has been on a losing streak it is closer to even. As slight underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Wild.

The Bet
Minnesota Wild
+110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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