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Bet on the NHL  The Minnesota Wild host the Calgary Flames Wednesday January 19th. Coming in following a 5-4 overtime loss in Montreal Monday, the Flames are on a 2-0-3 run to slowly — and we mean slowly — inch closer to the NHL’s Western Conference’s elite eight. Minnesota arrived in Edmonton on the heels of a 4-0 victory over league-leading Vancouver Sunday. The win snapped a three-game losing skid, but the Wild had a solid 9-5-1 run on the go heading into Tuesday's clash with the Oilers. This is the sixth and final meeting this season for the Northwest Division rivals, a series controlled by the Wild. Calgary has just two wins, one at home and one via shootout in Minny. However, the Wild have a 3-1-1 mark, a big reason the Flames are so far back in the playoff race.

Sportsbook lists the Flames as the minus 140 favorites with the total over under at 5.

This is already the sixth and final meeting with the rival Flames. The Wild, 3-1-1 against them, is attempting to win its fourth game vs. Calgary in regulation for the second consecutive year. Before 2009-10, the Wild had never defeated Calgary in regulation more than twice in a season. The Wild is 9-2-1 in its past 11 against the Flames, including four wins in Calgary. When betting on the NHL hockey keep your eyes on these players: Wild G Niklas Backstrom (hip) is expected to make his first start since Dec. 31. He is 7-1-1 with two shutouts in his past nine decisions vs. Calgary. D Brent Burns has dished out assists in seven of his past 10 games against the Flames. RW Martin Havlat has scored 14 goals and 25 points in 25 games vs. Calgary. G Miikka Kiprusoff has been pulled in two of his past three starts. C Olli Jokinen has five assists in the past four games.

Also remember when betting on the NHL that The Wild is 1-6-3 in the second of back-to-backs after going 6-8 last year. ... Flames captain Jarome Iginla is the all-time leader against the Wild in games played (60), points (58), goals (31), game-winning goals and shots (196).



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