The Minnesota Wild and Calgary Stampede my not be elite Stanley Cup title contenders, but their matchup on Wednesday night is offering plenty of value for NHL hockey bettors looking to boost the annual pro hockey wagering bankroll. The two playoff hopefuls will square off at 10:00 PM ET, live from Scotiabank Saddledome. Now, let’s find out why this pairing is so value-packed.
How To Bet The Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Stampede NHL Odds & TV Info
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Why Bet The Minnesota Wild Odds
Because they snapped an eight-game losing streak the last time out and want to build some momentum! Minnesota (24-22-8-2) broke out of an ugly eight-game funk by beating Vancouver 5-2 on Monday night to cash in as a -119 favorite. The Wild have also gone 5-2 in their last seven games after scoring five goals or more, so there’s some precedent for success after they have a good outing. Minnesota has recorded a respectable 10-12-5-1 road record, although they’ve won just seven of their last 26 games overall.
The Wild rank just 21st in scoring (2.5 gpg) but they have been solid defensively in ranking 10th in goals allowed (2.5 gpg).
Why Bet The Calgary Flames Odds
Because they’re completely desperate and playing at home! The Flames (25-27-1-2) have lost two straight games including their humbling 6-4 loss against Anaheim on Monday night as a +115 home underdog. The good news for Calgary fans and betting backers is the fact that the Flames won each of their previous three games before dropping the last two while winning four of their previous five games overall.
The Flames rank 11th in scoring (2.7 gpg) but have been pretty awful in allowing 3.0 goals per game to rank 27th in defense. More good news comes in the fact that the Flames have gone 15-7 in their last 22 home dates.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Minnesota Wild are 4-0 in their last four games against Calgary and a narrow 51 percent of the betting public likes the Wild to win and cash in, but I believe the best play for this matchup s to bet the Under. The Under is 8-2-2 in Minnesota’s last dozen road games against a team with a winning home record and 14-5-5 in their last 24 games against a team with a losing record. The Under is also 6-0-1 in Calgary’s last seven games against teams from the central division and 11-4-2 in their last 17 games against Western Conference teams.
Last but not least, the Under is 21-8-4 in the last 33 meetings between these teams when they play in Calgary and I can easily see the Under cashing in again in this contest.
My final score prediction: Calgary 3 Minnesota 2