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Wild vs. Flyers - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-6) at Minnesota Wild (16-12-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -190 / Philadelphia Flyers +161 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CN8PHI, FSN+

The Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Philadelphia Flyers have won four of their last six games and continue their long road trip. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Philadelphia Flyers have scored eight power play goals in their last 11 games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds have combined for 28 goals, Claude Giroux has 30 assists and Brayden Schenn has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Steve Mason has allowed 53 goals on 667 shots faced and Ray Emery has given up 34 goals on 321 shots.

Wild vs. Flyers - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Wild have lost four of their last five games and are quickly dropping in the Central. The Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have four power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Jason Pominville has 16 assists and Mikko Koivu has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 48 goals on 495 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 32 goals on 322 shots.

The Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Central. The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings. 

Not sure what the Wild have done recently to make them so deserving of the high chalk. You guys know I'm all about value and with the way Minnesota is playing over the last week, there's none in this spot. Give me the Flyers at the sweet price. 

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Philadelphia Flyers +161

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