The Wild, Wild West III

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We don’t need to say much of anything about the Eastern Conference of the NHL.

The 8 playoff positions have already been decided unless the Florida Panthers go on an insane run.

But, it’s different in the west where the Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames are surging.

I’ve been saying since the 10 game mark that the Wild are much better than their record indicates…they are outshooting their opponent by more than 5 shots per game and have only been held back by sub par goaltending.

They’re 8-1-1 in their last 10 games played and are challenging for a wild card spot.

Their record has been helped by the stellar goaltending of Oiler reject Devan Dubnyk (I’m still  not totally convinced) and I would think they will be a formidable playoff opponent if they make the second season.

I’ve watched pretty much every Flames game this season and I can’t recall them taking even ONE shift off. They play their bags off every night and, while not the most talented WC team, they are never outworked.  Never.

They walked into San Jose tonight and left with a well deserved 4-1 win and leap frogged the Sharks and Canucks in the standings.

We’re now at the point in the season where goal differential starts to tell you about who is quality and who isn’t:

CHI +39

STL +36

NSH +34

CAL +19

ANA +14

VCR +7

WIN +7

SJS +1

MIN +1

LAK E

DAL -5

COL -15

ARI  -53

EDM – 55

If you have a spare $100…put it on the Wild or the Flames. You’ll get great odds and could get a big payoff.