Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:00pm Eastern
We have a National Hockey League contest before us when the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Saint Paul for a contest with the Minnesota Wild. The Flyers are currently six points away from eighth seed Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference playoff race and the Wild are currently the eighth seed in the NHL Western Conference with a slim, two-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks.
Flyers Have Won Nine of Last Ten Games
Philadelphia has been hot as a firecracker, winning nine games with one loss over their last ten games. That loss was a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and ruined an otherwise perfectly good winning streak. That streak came on the heels of another kind of streak, the losing kind. The Flyers previously lost nine of ten and many in the hockey world wrote them off, but here they are in the playoff hunt.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 10, 2019
The Flyers aren’t reporting any injuries for their game with Minnesota.
Claude Giroux leads Philadelphia with 58 points on 16 goals and 42 assists and a +/- of plus seven this season. Over the past five games, Giroux has two goals, four assists and a +/- of plus two.
Over the last five games, the Flyers have outscored their opponents 18-11 and tied their counterparts in shots on goal with 182 apiece. The Flyers power play unit has been devastating, scoring eight goals on 17 opportunities for a 45 percent success rate and has allowed three shorthanded goals on 11 attempts for a 72.7 percent success rate over their last five games.
Wild Barely Hanging on to Eighth Seed in West
If the regular season were to end today, the Wild would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They have a record of 27 wins, 24 losses and have lost five games in overtime. Minnesota has the slimmest of leads over the Canucks, and they will need to keep skating hard and putting in the work, otherwise they might be spending the NHL playoffs on the golf course instead of in a hockey arena competing for the Stanley Cup.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 10, 2019
Center Miko Koivu is out for the season with an injured knee. Koivu had 29 points on eight goals and 21 assists for a +/- of minus two this season.
Minnesota is hoping to avenge an earlier season loss to the Flyers, the Wild have a home record of 13-10-4 and are working on a one-game losing streak.
Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 48 points on 22 goals, 26 assists and a +/- of plus two this season. Over the past five games, Parise has two goals, two assists and a +/- of minus one this season.
Anthony Stolarz has been confirmed as the man Philly will send out to patrol the crease. Stolarz has a record of 3-3-3 this season with 3.26 goals against average and 90 percent save percentage. Stolarz has one shutout to his credit and a 50 percent save percentage on shootouts this season.
Devan Dubnyk is penciled in as the starting netminder for the Wild. Dubnyk has a record of 21-19-4 this season with 2.57 goals against average and 91 percent save percentage. Dubnyk has one shutout and a shootout save percentage of 66 percent.
Over their last five games, Minnesota has been outscored 16-13 but have won the shots on goal battle 172-145. The Wild have scored three power play goals on 15 chances for a 20 percent success rate and allowed six shorthanded goals on 18 tries for a 66.7 percent success rate over their last five games.
- Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home underdog.
- Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog of +151 to +200.
- Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
As good as the Flyers have been, playing back to back games are tough. Especially when you have a situation like the Flyers have, playing at home on Monday, flying to Minnesota for one game then back home to Philly for a few days off. That should have a toll and maybe the Flyers are a bit flat. We’ve already heard the coach say the Wild need to play with some sense of urgency, and I expect to see a focused Wild hockey team on Tuesday night. I’m going wild with Minnesota on Tuesday.
Prediction: Minnesota -148
Full-Game Total Pick
I like the goaltending in this game more than I like the two offenses. Dubnyk is much better this season than is Stolarz and I see the Flyers offense coming out a bit flat. Seems like a 3-1 or even 3-2 hockey game on Tuesday night. I’m going under the total in this game.
Prediction: Under Six Goals