The most exciting thing about the Philadelphia Flyers this season might be their mascot. Otherwise, the on-ice product has been painful to watch. Last place in the entire league, the Flyers would be in possession of the first overall selection in the draft if the season ended today. A lot can change between now and April, but if they do finish last, that’d be a win for them in the grand scheme of things.
Trading for James van Riemsdyk has proven to be a wasteful endeavour. It’s not like he couldn’t help a team this season, but he’s 29 years old. He’s been hobbled by injuries for part of the season and plagued with inconsistent play when he’s on the ice.
For a team who is going into rebuild mode, an average 29-year-old is wasting away on this team. Giroux is 31, but at least he’s keeping this team from complete embarrassment. He doesn’t want a trade, so there’s that. Wayne Simmonds might be a guy that the Flyers want to shop around at the deadline, though. He’s another older member of the Flyers that would probably be better suited on another team.
They welcome the Minnesota Wild to Philadelphia on Monday. The Wild are coming off a disappointing effort against the Red Wings on Saturday. They fell 5-2 in a game they might look back on as a missed opportunity. At 22-19-2, every point is going to be important for the Wild down the stretch.
They cannot afford to get tripped up against inferior opponents. It wasn’t much of a game either, as the Red Wings dominated with 37 shots to just 18 shots for the Wild. Generating scoring chances has been troubling for Minnesota recently and it continued against Detroit. They will look to start fresh this week against a team who has just one win in ten attempts. Head below for our free Wild vs. Flyers pick.
Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
For a team struggling to find the back of the net at the moment, allowing 5 goals to the Red Wings is an easy way to guarantee a loss. The Red Wings can be sneaky and show up like that on teams. If you’re not prepared, like the Flyers, it’s not going to be a good ending to the night. Most importantly, the Wild have to find a way to get their offence moving in the right direction. There has been little movement, without many chances around the opposing net.
They haven’t recorded more than 30 shots on net in a game since January 3rd. In their previous five games, they’ve managed just 23 shots per game, along with 2 goals per game. In their last four games, that number is just 1.4 goals per game. And note on the road this season, the Wild have tallied only 2.45 goals per game. Also trending against them in this contest is the fact they have scored an average of just 1.8 goals per game on the Flyers in their last five meetings.
They still managed to win two of those five games, though, as the Flyers had issues as well scoring the puck. Philadelphia notched an average of 1.8 goals per game a swell in those five meetings. That’s been a snapshot of their offensive output lately as well.
The Flyers have been anemic with only 1.9 goals in their previous ten outings. Carter Hart has been hanging in there between the pipes, though, in a year that has been bad luck after bad luck on the injury front for their goaltenders. He enters with a 2.54 GAA and 0.916 save percentage. Dubnyk has fortunately been rock solid against the Flyers, with a 2.11 GAA and 0.934 save percentage. This has the making of a 3-2 game, so a play on the UNDER is worth a look.