The Minnesota Wild (41-22-8) head to face the Philadelphia Flyers (26-32-12) at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Minnesota is coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Devils on Tuesday. Matt Boldy and Mason Shaw each scored once for the Wild.
Filip Gustavsson saved an impressive 47 of 48 shots (.979%) in the win. Philadelphia beat the Panthers 6-3 on Tuesday. Travis Sanheim was the leading goal scorer for the Flyers, netting twice. Carter Hart was impressive in the win, making 41 saves (.931%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Wild won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 3-2 (OT) victory in January, their fourth straight win against Philadelphia. Boldy led Minnesota with three points (2G 1A). Tony DeAngelo and Noah Cates were on the scoresheet for Philadelphia. Marc-Andre Fleury got the win, saving 28 of 30 shots (.933%).
Minnesota is averaging 2.89 goals per game for the season, 24th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Flyers team that is allowing 3.30 goals a game (21st).
Meanwhile, Philadelphia has found the net 2.66 times a game on average, 30th in the league, and won’t find goals any easier to come by against the Wild’s stout defense, which is holding opponents to 2.65 goals per game (3rd).
The Flyers’ 15.38% power play percentage is the worst in the league, while the Wild rank 12th with a conversion rate of 22.27%. Philadelphia has been equally poor at penalty killing, as the home team owns the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 73.63%. Minnesota’s 80.53% ranks 13th in the NHL.
With 74 points this season, Kirill Kaprizov is the top skater for the Wild. He is among the league leaders with 39 goals (9th) and has added 35 assists. In the net, Gustavsson (18-9-5) is Minnesota’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.04 GAA, second-best in the league, and a .932% save percentage, also second-best.
Fleury (23-13-3) leads the Wild in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.83 and a save percentage of .908%.Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes lead the Flyers in scoring with 54 and 51 points, respectively.
Konecny has 27 goals and 27 assists in 52 games, while Hayes has 17 goals and 34 assists in 69 games. Hart (19-21-10) is the top goalie for Philadelphia with a goals against average of 2.94. He has a save percentage of .908%.
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota is 19-11-5 away from Xcel Energy Center this season. Philadelphia is 14-16-5 at Wells Fargo Center this season.
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Minnesota Wild (-150)
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