Facing each other for the final time this year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota Wild take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center in an East-West tilt. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, and fans at home are able to view it live on NSP+ and FSN.
Philadelphia Flyers at Minnesota Wild Odds
Philadelphia (+125) is playing the role of underdog to Minnesota (-145), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-125 money on the under, +105 on the over). Those O/U odds have moved after initially opening at -105 over, -115 under.
Philadelphia is 8-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 17 regular season matches, eight of its games have gone over the total, while another eight have gone under and just one has pushed. The Flyers are 4-4 SU as the road team in 2017-18.
Philadelphia has converted on 18.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Flyers have been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five games total, and 4.0 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
With a .908 save percentage and 26.8 saves per game, Brian Elliott (6-5-1) has been the best option in goal for Philadelphia this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Philadelphia could turn to Michal Neuvirth (2-4-1 record, .928 save percentage, 2.17 goals against average).
The visiting Flyers have relied on Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux heavily this season. Voracek (21 points) has tallied four goals and 17 assists, and has recorded two or more points eight times. Giroux has nine goals and 11 assists to his nameand has notched a point in 12 games.
Minnesota is 7-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Eight of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 3-4 SU at home this year.
The Wild have converted on just 15.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.5 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Devan Dubnyk (28.5 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Wild. Dubnyk has six wins, seven losses, and one overtime loss and has registered a 2.55 goals against average and a .920 save percentage this year.
Jason Zucker (nine goals, five assists) will pace the offensive counter for the host team.
Philadelphia Flyers at Minnesota Wild Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in three of Minnesota’s last five games.