The Carolina Hurricanes will take on a much tougher team in the Minnesota Wild after blanking the Montreal Canadiens in their last game, while the St. Louis Blues will finish off their road trip to Western Canada when they visit the Calgary Flames.
Moneyline: Carolina Hurricanes (-155) vs Minnesota Wild (+125)
This is the first game of a four-game road trip for the Wild after a lengthy nine-game homestand where they went a stellar 7-1-1. They managed to squeeze out a loser point in their last game in an overtime loss to the Penguins in which Cam Talbot got the nod in goal. Fleury is 11-8-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average on the road this season and will likely be in the crease.
Andrei Svechnikov is coming off a two-goal game for the Hurricanes and defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who resumed his role as the power-play quarterback, is up to five points in his seven games since returning from injury. Frederik Andersen earned his fourth shutout of the season in his last game and improved his goals-against average to a league-leading 2.00.
Kirill Kaprizov is the main offensive threat for the Wild sitting at 38 goals and 83 points on the season, but with the Hurricanes being so good at both ends of the rink and Andersen playing as well as he is, it’s hard to see the Wild earning the victory.
Moneyline: Calgary Flames (-250) vs St. Louis Blues (+190)
The Blues are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on April 1, 2022, and will have a quick turnaround against the Calgary Flames on the second day of a back-to-back. Jordan Binnington got the start for the Blues but was yanked after allowing four goals. Ville Husso is the projected starter against the Flames after coming into the game in relief. Calgary is just as offensive and has a team with two players inside the top-10 in league scoring, both of which surpassed the 80-point mark this season.
The line of Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau, and Matthew Tkachuk is arguably the best in the NHL right now with Gaudreau’s 91 points in 67 games leading the way. The Flames are coming off a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings who currently sit five points back of the Flames as the second seed in the Pacific Division. This will be the Flames’ final game of a six-game homestand where they went 2-2-1 through the first five despite their 21-7-7 record on home ice.
The Flames are second in the league in goals allowed per game and have an offense that is averaging 3.48 goals per game. They will look to snap their two-game losing skid before heading out on their road trip, and although it may be a close game, the Flames should provide good value on the moneyline.
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