Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Nov 14): Flyers vs Wild Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (+127) at Minnesota Wild (-140)
November 14 has eight games on the schedule. One of those matchups includes the Flyers visiting Minnesota to finish a back to back against the Wild. As a -140, the Wild are predicted to win this matchup fifty-eight percent of the time. I believe that this game should be much closer to even. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Both the Wild and Flyers have had unsuccessful seasons early on. Minnesota sits with a disappointing 7-7-2 record. The Wild’s record has put them in last place in the Central Division. This comes after the Wild finished with a first-round playoff exit last season. Philadelphia holds an 8-7-2 record, which has secured them the seventh-place spot in the Metropolitan Division. Last season the Flyers missed the playoffs completely.
The Flyers hosted the Wild on Saturday night. The game finished 1-0 after a third-period goal by Jason Zucker. Devan Dubnyk made thirty-two saves in the winning effort. Brian Elliott stopped twenty-six of twenty-seven shots for a .963 save percentage. Philadelphia outshot the Wild, but could not find the back of the net.
Elliott and Dubnyk are likely to get the start again on Tuesday night. Elliott has gone 6-4-1 on the season. He has a .908 save percentage and a GAA of 2.73. Dubnyk has a record of 6-6-1 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.55 GAA. Elliott has the better record on the season, but Dubnyk has the better stats. Each goalie will be relied on heavily to give their respected teams an edge.
The Flyers top line is one of the best in the league. Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier have all been top producers on the season. The trio have twenty-one, twenty and nineteen points respectively. Shayne Gostisbehere has also been much better this season, after slowing down during his second campaign. Gostisbehere has fifteen points on the new season.
The Flyers top four players in points could not find the back of the net last game, largely because they only combined for nine shots. Couturier had six of the nine shots, while Voracek had the other three. Giroux and Gostisbehere will need to fire the puck if the Flyers are to score against the Wild this time.
The Wild have one player to watch out for right now. Jason Zucker has the teams last six goals. In the last three games, Zucker is the only person to find the back of the net. The last goal that was not scored off Zucker’s stick was a goal by Eric Staal against the Boston Bruins, Zucker got an assist on the goal.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Minnesota Wild Prediction
Philadelphia will need to slow down Zucker to pull off the win. With Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle out for a long period of time, Zucker’s outbreak comes at a perfect time. Someone needed to step up in their absences, and Zucker did just that.
Philadelphia will be looking to get back on track after going 2-2-2 in their last six games. The Wild will be looking to continue their two-game winning streak. Both teams are close to even on the stat lines, so as an underdog the Flyers are the better pick. This will be a great game to watch on Tuesday night.