Fargo's 10* NHL BREAKAWAY (AWESOME 47-26 NHL RUN): Matt is coming off a brutal OT loss on Vancouver but is still on a BLAZING 47-26 (64.4%) NHL run! The streak continues Thursday with a 10* Breakaway and these have been PURE GOLD going an AWESOME 12-6 in 2012! Join him as he scores again in what is a FANTASTIC SITUATION for one side! The puck drops tonight with a MASSIVE move!
Game: Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild Mar 22 2012 8:05PM
Prediction: Calgary Flames
Grade: Loser (-120)
Reason: After a five-game winning streak, Calgary has lost three straight games although it was able to pick up a point in each of the last two games. The Flames are sitting in a tie for 10th place in the Western Conference with 82 points but are just two points out of eighth place and three points out of seventh place. With their next six games coming against playoff teams, including four against division leaders Dallas and Vancouver, a game against the lowly Wild is a must win contest. Minnesota won its last game, a 2-0 shutout over Vancouver on Monday which snapped a three-game winless streak as well as a nine-game regulation winless skid. The Wild have been out of the playoff picture for a long time and part of the reason is that they have been unable to put any sort of winning streak together. They have won back-to-back games only once since the start of February and they are 1-4-1 in their last six games following a win and they have not won consecutive home games since November. Calgary has scored one goal in each of its last three games after scoring 20 regulation goals during its five-game winning streak. "When we won those string of games, we were scoring four, five goals a night," said Calgary center Matt Stajan. "The last three, we've been getting the chances, but we're not scoring." Minnesota has allowed an average of 3.5 gpg over its last 10 games so this is exactly the unit that Calgary needs to see. The Flames have tallied 14 goals in the last four meetings with the Wild. The Flames are far from a great road team but they have defeated Minnesota twice on the road including their last road victory 11 days ago. Playing lesser competition on the road has been beneficial of late as Calgary is 6-1 in its last seven games as a road favorite between -110 and -150. Minnesota meanwhile is just 8-26 in its last 34 games as an underdog while going 1-6 in its last seven games as a home underdog between +110 and +150. The Flames climb back into the playoff hunt with a win tonight. 10* (7) Calgary Flames