Our NHL gambling bet of the night will focus on two teams fighting for a wildcard spot out in the Western Conference. A game where the separation can grow, or a team can be leap frogged.
For tonight’s NHL gambling bet of the night, we’ve selected the Calgary Flames versus the Minnesota Wild and taken the Flames at +118 to win the game on the road. Both are within a point of each other with the Flames occupying the last wild-card spot in the West and the Wild looking in.
CGY +118 @ -138 MIN
As road teams generally are, the Calgary Flames aren’t favoured to win tonight’s game in Minnesota. Even though the Flames are a pretty good road team with a 8-4-2 record.
But a 4-4-2 record over their last ten games, and only being a point above the Wild doesn’t earn them enough clout to get a vote for a road favorite. To make a team a home dog the gulf in class has to be substantial, a-la Coyotes at home to the Kings, not a single point in the standings.
Which is great for us, because Calgary should win this game. Both are fairly evenly matched, in every category. Except for one, and this sight just be what Vegas is focusing on.
The Wild hold a decisive advantage over the Flames in the special teams department. The Flames rank 28th on the penalty kill with a 76.53% efficiency. While the Wild hold the fifth best power play in the league with a 22.4% efficiency. In the tale of the tape that one mighty mismatch.
But over their last four games the Calgary Flames have killed all but two of 12 short handed opportunities. Giving them an 83.3% efficiency rating, in a vacuum that’s good enough for sixth in the league. So it seems that Calgary might just have righted the PK ship. Advantage gone for Minnesota.