*10* NHL Game of the Week (Power Sports) ~ *RED HOT* 27-11 L38 NHL!
Minnesota vs. Calgary,
12/02/2016 21:00 EDT,
Score: 2 - 3
Money Line: -135 Minnesota
10* Minnesota (9:05 ET): Though 10 points back, I believe the Wild to be the most serious threat to the first place Blackhawks in the Central Division. Minnesota comes into tonight sporting the best goal differential in the Western Conference (+15). I love the fact that they rank #2 in goals allowed and are tied w/ Montreal for the best overall save percentage at .933. Simply put, the Wild should have more points to their name. Tonight looks like an easy opportunity to add two as they play a Calgary team that I have rated among the worst in the sport. Because the better team is on the road, we are able to get substantial value and I'm "all over it."
The Flames are coming off a 3-0 shutout over Toronto, but we can use that to our advantage as it's contributed to the undervaluing of the Wild in this situation. When I say Calgary doesn't do much right, it's not an overstatement. They come into tonight ranked 26th in goals per game and 22nd in goals allowed. Their special teams are really lousy as they are dead last (30th) on the power play and 27th in penalty killing. It was a bit flukish how they beat the Maple Leafs on Wednesday as they were outshot 39-29, but scored twice in the game's first minute. Over the L5 games, they've given up an average of 35.8 shots per game and while Minnesota is tied for the best overall save percentage in the league, Calgary is 25th.
The Wild have dropped B2B games, uncharacteristically giving up nine goals in the process. They lost 5-4 at Vancouver on Tuesday, which is embarrassing given the current state of the Canucks. But I can't see a team this talented dumping two in a row against the worst teams in the league. They led the Canucks, but for a third time in six games, gave up their advantage and lost. The result was a 70-minute practice on Wednesday and to say this team is "ready to go" would be probably be an understatement. Devan Dubnyk still has a very impressive .946 save percentage and will start between the pipes here. (It was Darcy Keumper vs. Vancouver). Remember that Calgary is also w/o Johnny Gaudreau. 10* Minnesota