Philadelphia Flyers vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+113) Wild (-125)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (17-9-5, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Xcel Energy Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Minnesota Wild (15-12-5, 5th in the Central Division). The moneyline on this matchup has the Flyers coming in at +113 and the Wild are at -125. The O/U opens at 5.5. The Flyers are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 14-14 SU. Minnesota covers 45.2% of the time, going 14-17 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game holding a record of 17 wins and 9 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 94 goals which is 11th in the East and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is +11, which puts them at 8th in the league. The Flyers currently have a total of 39 points, which is 12th in the league and 6th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,006 which is 10th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the league. As a unit, Philadelphia has a total of 512 hits which means they have an average of 16.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 282 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,088 minutes protecting the net for the campaign. Hart is allowing 2.43 goals against average which has him sitting 9th among Eastern Conference goalies and 15th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he has surrendered 44 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .908 which has him sitting 18th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3 - 1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Flyers didn't have their best offensive outing in the loss. For this game, they scored on 1 of the 33 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Philadelphia ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Flyers was 40 and the Corsi against was 38 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 51.3%. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 30, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 49.2%. They earned 33 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 60.4% and they had a PDO of 90.7 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche put up 27 shots. They had a total of 4 penalty mins and they had 2 power play attempts.
The Wild are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 15 wins and 12 defeats. With regard to goal differential, they rank 10th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL with -8. They have compiled a total of 97 goals for the year which has them ranked at 6th in the conference. Minnesota has a save percentage as a team of .898 which has them sitting 25th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% ranking them 2nd in the conference. In net for Minnesota is Alex Stalock who is having a tough year by giving up 2.91 goals per game and that places him 17th in the West and 36th in the NHL among goalies. In the 928 mins he has been on the ice, he's surrendered 45 goals. He has a save percentage of .906, which has him ranked 21st in the West and 41st in the NHL among goalies.
The Minnesota Wild played the Edmonton Oilers in an outing where the Wild took home the win by a final score of 6 - 5. For this game, Minnesota earned a 44.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 41 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Oilers finishing with a 40 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Minnesota played and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 116.2 and their percentage of oZS was 38.2%. The Wild netted 6 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. On the other side of the ice, the Oilers had 2 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Minnesota conceded 33 shots on goal and the Oilers had a total of 7 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota (-125)
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