Minnesota Wild at Philadelphia Flyers - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Minnesota Wild at Philadelphia Flyers - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (16-27-10) vs Minnesota Wild (31-17-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers +230 / Minnesota Wild -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia Flyers host the Minnesota Wild in Thursday NHL Action

The Minnesota Wild come into this road contest with an overall record of 31-17-3. Through 51 games, the Wild are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 191 times, good for a rank of 4th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Minnesota is the 18th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.12 goals per game. So far, the Wild have a strength of schedule rating of 16th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th ranked team in the NHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers get set to host the Minnesota Wild with an overall record of 16-27-10. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 53 games, the Flyers have scored 131 goals, giving them an average of 2.47. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Philadelphia is the 24th ranked unit, giving up 3.4 goals per contest. So far, the Flyers have played the 4th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Philadelphia's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 28th in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Minnesota Wild goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov with 64 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. So far, 17.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 36 assists to go along with his 17 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.98 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 53 games, the Philadelphia Flyers' goal and overall scoring leader is Cam Atkinson, with 39 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.2%. So far, 11.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Claude Giroux, who has 22 assists to go along with his 17 goals. However, when on the ice, the Flyers are -11 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 2.87 goals per game. In his 34 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Minnesota's 51 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 24-23. Even though the team has covered the spread in more than half their games, their ATS record on the road is just 12-14. On the season, the Minnesota Wild have a per-game scoring differential of 0.57. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.14 goals. However, as the Wild get set to take on the Flyers they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 41.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Flyers to take care of business at home vs Minnesota.

 

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