NHL Betting: Calgary Flames To Bag Vital Win Over Visiting Minnesota


Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks

It's not quite the same now these two Original Six franchises are separated by the East/West divide but the quality of the two teams still makes for a great contest.

The Red Wings will spend the rest of February out on a road trip, a winless streak of three wasn't the best preparation. Although the Blackhawks got by Pittsburgh on Sunday a pretty favourable stretch of schedule and a couple of outstanding performers have allowed them to stay in good form.

Quietly going about his business Brandon Saad has seven points in six games but it's the strength of his all-round play that makes him such an asset. In the same way Darren Helm is ably supporting Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk on Detroit's second line and either Saad or Helm would be solid picks to score tonight.

Both clubs tend to do a good job in the faceoff circle and close matchups like this can often be decided by who wins the important draws in their own zone. Of course winning at United Center is a tough ask but way out at 3.50 the Red Wings are worth the risk.

 

Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames

Minnesota lost their first game in regulation for almost a month but have the chance to get right back on the horse.

They're in close pursuit of the Flames so this is a huge game for both clubs with the race narrowing down in the West. Calgary are looking sharp too after recent wins over Boston and also Vancouver, the team that just defeated the Wild.

Led by two goals from Jiri Hudler they executed a valiant third period fightback against the Bruins that encapsulated the attitude that's got them so far this season. Only Pittsburgh have stopped them in the last six outings at the Saddledome where they average almost three goals a game.

Along with Hudler it's Sean Monahan in possession of the hot hand after back to back multi-point efforts. Devan Dubnyk managed to shut out the Flames a couple of weeks ago but in the last few games has dropped away from those superhuman levels he was producing.

It's been the case all year that the Wild are much more suited to low scoring games unless they get some change out of guys like Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle who should probably be scoring more frequently. I think the odds have been harsh on Calgary here, I'm backing the home side to bag an important victory.

Best Bet: Calgary Flames to win at 2.55