The Philadelphia Flyers (21-14-6) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (17-19-4) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and televised on NBCS. The Flyers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wild are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Stars. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild
The Philadelphia Flyers Are Coming Off A Win
On the season, the Flyers have gone 21-14-6, putting them in 7th place in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Away from home, Philadelphia has gone 11-6-4 and has lost two straight games on the road. As the underdog, the Flyers have gone 14-10-5 this season.
Over their last ten games, the Flyers have gone just 3-7, and they have gone 2-3 over their last five games. In their last three games, Philadelphia has gone 2-1. So far this season, the Flyers have been the underdog in 29 of their 41 games.
On the season, the Flyers have an average scoring margin of +.1 goals per game, and they have 12 wins by multiple goals. So far, Philadelphia has gone 26-15 against the puck line, including a mark of 18-3 on the road.
As the underdog, the Flyers have a puck line record of 23-6, and they have gone just 3-9 vs. the puck line when favored. In their last ten games, Philadelphia is 4-6 against the puck line, and their puck line record on the road this season is 9-1.
In their last game, the Flyers were the hosts against the Canadiens, and they came away with a 3-2 win. Offensively, the Flyers scored one goal in the first period and one time in the second period. Out of Philadelphia’s three goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 39 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Despite the straight-up win, Philadelphia did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Wild have gone 10-8-2 and have been favored in 17 of their 40 games. In the Western Conference, Minnesota is 13th and 7th in the Central Division. Over their last ten games, the Wild are 4-6 and have dropped two straight games. On the year, the team is 17-19-4.
Against the rest of the Western Conference, Minnesota has gone 8-10 and 3-6 in the division. When favored, the Wild have won eight straight games and are 12-3-2 for the year. Over their last five games, Minnesota has gone 1-4, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.
At home, the Wild’s puck line record is 9-11, and their average scoring margin is -.3 goals per game. So far, Minnesota has been the favorite in 17 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 7-10.
Overall, the Wild have 10 wins by multiple goals and 13 losses by multiple goals. In their last ten home games, Minnesota’s puck line record is 4-6, and their puck line losing streak is at five games.
Coming off a 7-2 loss on the road to the Stars, the Wild are hoping to bounce back today. In the first and second periods, the Wild didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with two goals in the third period. Of Minnesota’s two goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 23 shots on goal and one giveaways.
Minnesota entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The combined total of 9 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Philadelphia Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 24th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 2nd in the league. Philadelphia’s offense comes into the game ranked 30th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 2nd in the NHL.
The Flyers come in with an over/under record of 15-25-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 22 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.7 per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Wild are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 25th in the league. Coming into the game, the Wild have a 11-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-12.
For the season, the over/under record of the Wild’s stands at 19-18-3. They have had 20 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Philadelphia Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Flyers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.7 shots per game against Philadelphia. So far, they are 8th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild are currently 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Flyers vs Wild Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Flyers have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 9-1 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games at home, the Wild have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Minnesota has an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Flyers have a straight up record of 7-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 3-7.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Wild to pick up on a win over the Flyers at home. With the moneyline sitting at -125, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Wild straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Flyers to cover. Even if the Wild secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Flyers should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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