Flyers vs Wild NHL Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on January 5, 2016 in

The Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-7) are struggling right now, having gone 3-0-1 before putting up a big goose egg on a three-game road trip, scoring five goals in those three losses and now having lost five straight road games. When they lost to the Kings on Saturday, that was their fifth contest in the last six with two or fewer goals. They are #29 in the NHL in scoring (2.11 goals per game), with only the Ducks’ anemic 1.89 behind them. They head to Minnesota on Thursday night to take on the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Read on to discover our NHL betting pick!

Flyers vs Wild NHL Betting Pick

It appears that coach Dave Hakstol is going to shuffle his lines a bit to see what spark he can bring to the offense. In Monday’s practice, he made a line out of his top point scorers (Claude Giroux with 29, Jakub Voracek with 25 and Wayne Simmonds with 21). Giroux has only tallied one point in the last seven contests, but Simmonds has four points in the last four — and Voracek has 10 in the last eight. Steve Mason has been solid in goal for the Flyers, but if you’re not scoring, it’s hard to win.

The Wild are also struggling to put up goals recently, but they are still well above the Flyers, averaging 2.7 goals per game and ranking #13 in the league in scoring. The Wild (20-11-7) have been fairly solid on defense, only allowing 2.3 goals per game, good for sixth in the NHL. However, they fell on Sunday in their last game, losing in Florida, 2-1. The Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr scored two shots on two goals, as the Panthers won their ninth straight and seventh straight home game. Their nine wins in a row tie the Canadiens, the Caps and the Rangers for the longest in the league this year. The Wild are also going through a bit of roster transition, having sent forward Jordan Schroeder to the AHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-7) are struggling right now.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Wild to hold serve at home, blanking the Flyers, 2-0. The Flyers simply aren’t scoring — and they have been dreadful on the road as of late. The Wild are doing better tallying goals, and their defense is sold enough to keep the Flyers off the board.