Flames vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks Today 12/5

Flames vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks Today 12/5

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Preview: Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames - NHL Clash

Introduction

Get ready for an electrifying matchup as the Minnesota Wild take on the Calgary Flames. In this preview, we'll analyze key player statistics, recent performances, and provide our prediction for the game scheduled on December 5, 2023, at 7:00 PM.

 

Minnesota Wild

The Wild, currently seventh in the Central Division with an 8-10-4 record, enter the game with momentum from a recent win streak. They face the Calgary Flames, fourth in the Pacific Division with a 10-11-3 record.

Goaltender Matchup:

For the Wild, goaltenders Fredrik Gustavsson and Marc-Andre Fleury boast statistics of 3.46 GA/G and .891 SV%, and 3.21 GA/G and .884 SV%, respectively. The Flames counter with Jacob Markstrom at 2.95 GA/G and .896 SV%, and Daniel Vladar at 3.20 GA/G and .883 SV%.

 

Game Information

The game will take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB, on December 5, 2023, at 7:00 PM. The betting line favors the Wild at -110, with an Over/Under set at 6.5.

 

Scoring Leaders

Key players to watch include Mats Zuccarello for the Wild and Elias Lindholm for the Flames. Zuccarello leads in both points (26) and goals (6), while Lindholm contributes significantly with 17 points and 7 goals.

 

Injury Report

The Wild will be without Zach Bogosian (Day-To-Day) and Ryan Hartman (Suspension). The Flames are missing Jacob Markstrom (Day-To-Day), Elias Lindholm (Day-To-Day), Jeremie Poirier (OUT), and Oliver Kylington (IR-LT).

 

Team Stats

Let's compare the team statistics:

Team GF/G GA/G SF/G SA/G PIM PPG PCT PPGA PCT SHG SHGA
Minnesota Wild 3.14 3.55 31.2 30.4 262 15 18.3 24 70.0 2 0
Calgary Flames 2.96 3.29 31.9 28.7 206 10 12.8 12 84.4 3 0

 

Recent Performances

Let's review the last 5 games for both teams:

Minnesota Wild

Recent victories include a 4-1 win against Chicago (12/3) and a 6-1 triumph against Nashville (11/30).

Calgary Flames

The Flames recently suffered a 4-3 loss to Vancouver (12/2) but secured wins against Dallas (4-3 OT) and Vegas (2-1 OT) in the preceding games.

 

Prediction

Considering the offensive capabilities of both teams and the recent performances, we predict a high-scoring game. The Over of 6.5 goals is the pick, anticipating an exciting and goal-filled matchup between the Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames.

Expect both teams to showcase their offensive prowess, making the Over a favorable choice for this game.

 

Pick: Over 6.5 Goals

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