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When scanning the wire for NHL news, few teams have been playing as strong hockey as the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild have gone 7-2-1 over the past 10 NHL games and are now even with the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central Division. Minnesota is a strong road team, compiling a 19-11-5 record away from home.
The Philadelphia Flyers won’t be expecting any such surge. Philadelphia is 3-5-2 over its past 10 games and is close to officially being eliminated from the playoff chase. However, the Flyers won’t want to let down a home crowd.
Former Penguins Lead Wild Goaltending
People making NHL picks must know that the Minnesota Wild have built a strong goaltending pair by relying on two former Pittsburgh players.
Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, has a 23-13-5 record in goal this season with a .908 save percentage. Filip Gustavsson, drafted by the Penguins, is 18-9-8 with a .932 save percentage.
Minnesota has utilized having a pair of strong backstops by playing crunching defense. Scores and odds show the Wild only allow 2.65 goals per game. However, Minnesota’s offense isn’t exactly overwhelming.
The Wild only score 2.89 goals per game but have a solid power play. Minnesota converts on 22.2% of its power-play opportunities.
Flyers Have Seen Scoring Surge
NHL lines show the Flyers have seen a lot of action on the scoreboard, with their last four games going over the total. In Philadelphia’s last three games, the Flyers have produced four or more goals per game.
However, that type of scoring is an anomaly. The Flyers only average 2.66 goals per game and get 29.3 shots on net. Even with a man advantage, Philadelphia has only scored on 15.4 percent of its power plays.
People looking at Las Vegas odds will see that everything has been a struggle for Philadelphia this season. The Flyers allow 3.3 goals per game and put 31.6 shots per game on net.
Wild vs Flyers Game Injuries
Wild vs Flyers Head-to-Head
These teams have met once this season. The Wild needed overtime to escape with a 3-2 win back in January. Mats Zuccarello scored the winning goal for Minnesota.
Wild vs Flyers Game Information
- Game: Wild (41-22-8) vs Flyers (26-32-12)
- Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Day/Time: Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m. EST
- Wild vs Flyers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Wild vs Flyers Betting Lines
Wild vs Flyers Picks & Prediction
The Wild have put serious pressure on Dallas for the division title and could utilize its strong goaltending to make its path to the Stanley Cup easier.
Despite its recent surge, Philadelphia has struggled to score for most of the season. Minnesota has dedicated itself to shutting down its opponents and the Flyers won’t be able to break through and score much.
Minnesota is listed at -155 in our Vegas NHL betting lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Wild, there’s a chance to win $65. Philadelphia is +135 with a chance to win $135 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Wild a 60.78% chance to win, with the Flyers at 42.55%.