Philadelphia has been on fire as of late, winning nine of their last 11 games, but they still remain eight points back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Wild are clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the West, leading the Vancouver Canucks by just two points with a game in hand heading into action on Tuesday night. Can the Wild keep pace in the chase for the Wild Card with a victory at home over the red-hot Flyers on Tuesday night?
Flyers miss opportunity to make up ground in Wild Card race
Philadelphia was unable to make up ground in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race on Monday night, falling at home to the Penguins 4-1. Philadelphia pepped Pens’ goaltender Matt Murray for 51 shots on the evening, but only Jakub Voracek was able to get one past Murray to help the Flyers avoid getting shut out. Hart, who is just 20-years-old, has been a revelation for the Flyers so far this season, going 11-6-1 with a 2.48 GAA and a .924 save percentage so far this season.
Anthony Stolarz is scheduled to patrol the crease for the Flyers on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old goaltender comes in with a 3-3-3 overall record in nine starts this season, but he’s started just two NHL games since mid-December. Stolarz sports a .903 save percentage and a 3.26 GAA so far this year and he comes in having lost five of his last games.
The Flyers come in scoring 2.86 goals per game (21st in the NHL), while converting on 16.6 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage so far this year (23rd in the NHL). Philadelphia has struggled in the defensive zone though, killing off only 76.3 percent of their penalties (28th in the NHL) and allowing 3.30 goals per game (25th in the NHL) for the season. Carter Hart allowed three goals on 27 shots in between the pipes for the Flyers, snapping a personal eight-game winning streak.
Minnesota clinging to final playoff spot in the West
Minnesota lost for the fifth time in their last six games on Sunday, losing on the road to the New York Islanders 2-1. Mikael Granlund scored his 13th goal of the season on the power play to even up the score at one in the second period, but the Islanders answered less than two minutes later with a power play goal of their own, which ended up being the difference on the night. Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced on the night, but it wasn’t enough to help the Wild stop their recent slide down the Western Conference standings.
Dubnyk is scheduled to be back between the pipes for the Wild on Tuesday. The veteran goaltender enters this matchup with a 21-19-4 overall record, despite posting a 2.57 GAA and a .913 save percentage so far this year. He struggled in his only start against the Flyers earlier this year, stopping just 15 of 20 shots in a 7-4 loss on Jan. 14.
After practice on Monday, Bruce Boudreau addressed media in Saint Paul 👇 pic.twitter.com/Dgl7uhJcfy
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) February 11, 2019
The Wild come in scoring just 2.77 goals per game (25th in the NHL), but they are allowing just 2.86 goals per game on defense (9th in the NHL) so far this year. They have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities (11th in the NHL), while also killing off a healthy 82.5 percent of their total penalties for the year (7th in the NHL).
- Wild are 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
- Wild are 5-17 in their last 22 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Wild are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Metropolitan.
- Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Flyers are 9-2 in their last 11 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
These two teams appear to be trending in opposite directions at the moment. Philly is 8-1-1 over their last 10 games, while Minnesota enters Tuesday night having lost five of their last six games. The pressure is also on in Minnesota, where they are in danger of falling out of postseason contention in the Western Conference. The underdog has won seven of the last eight meetings in this series and Philadelphia is 6-2 in those eight contests. Take the Flyers to come out on top in this matchup at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Prediction: Pick: Philadelphia Flyers +136
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is 3-1-2 in the last six meetings between these two teams. The Flyers have gone under the projected total in 10 of their last 13 games versus Western Conference opponents and 22 of their last 28 games versus teams from the Central Division. Meanwhile, the Wild have gone under in 10 of their last 12 home games. Look for this matchup to stay under the projected total on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Under 6