NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction: Flyers vs. Wild (March 29)
Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Mats Zuccarello
- The Wild host the Flyers as heavy home favorites.
- Can Cam Talbot continue his hot stretch at home on Tuesday night?
- Jonny Lazarus breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.
Flyers vs. Wild Odds
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Cam Talbot has put the Minnesota Wild on his back as he currently has the longest active winning streak among goaltenders. Talbot is 8-0-0 with a 2.13 Goals Against Average, a .924 Save Percentage and has one shutout in his last eight starts.
The Flyers come into this game on a two-game losing streak, and Talbot is the last goaltender they want to face.
Philadelphia Flyers Looking For a Wild Upset
The Flyers come in as very heavy road favorites, and it is not by accident. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and are struggling to keep the puck out of their own net. In this 10-game span, they have allowed 41 goals, which goes to show you how much they have struggled defensively.
Philly is the eighth-worst defensive team in the league, allowing 3.47 Goals Against per game while also surrendering the fourth-most Shots On Goal Against, giving up 34.0 each game.
Martin Jones and Carter Hart have been splitting time in the net as of late, and the Flyers have not announced a starter yet. No matter whom they decide to go with, the Wild will have the advantage in goal. Neither of them have been very impressive, Hart has a 3.04 GAA and a .909 Save Percentage, while Jones has a 3.38 GAA and a .901 Save Percentage.
It could be an ugly night for the Flyers.
Minnesota Wild Hope to Extend Their Winning Streak
The Minnesota Wild have won six straight games and eight of their last 10. The most impressive thing about this streak is that their last three wins in a row have all come by the score of 3-2 as a result of overtime.
The Wild fell off for a bit last month, but now they are back to being one of the better hockey teams in the league. During this six-game streak, Minnesota has outscored their opponents by a combined 19-9.
The Wild are coming off of a huge come-from-behind win to keep the streak alive, thanks to a three assist game from Mats Zuccarello and a 40-save performance from Cam Talbot. Kirill Kaprizov is starting to heat up as he has four goals and one assist in his last three games. Kaprizov and Zuccarello are leading the way for this team offensively as the Wild are the fourth-highest scoring team in the league, averaging 3.63 goals per game.
With the way Cam Talbot has played in goal and the pace that their offense is playing at, this should be a dominant performance on home ice for the Wild.
Flyers vs. Wild Pick
The Wild have been one of the more outstanding teams on home ice this season, skating to a 23-7-1 record at the Xcel Energy Center while the Flyers have been horrendous on the road, going 8-19-5.
Minnesota is simply playing at another level right now, and I don’t see the Flyers keeping up with them. Cam Talbot has been a brick wall in the blue paint, and the Wild’s first line made up of Kaprizov, Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman has looked almost unstoppable.
This should be a complete 60 minutes of pure domination from Minnesota, and I expect them to cover the puck line at -1.5 (-110).
Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5 (-110)
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