Madison Square Garden will play host to a divisional tilt as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the New York Rangers. The action will get underway at 0 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 18, and you can catch it live on NBC.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers Odds
Philadelphia is 29-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 58 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flyers are 15-14 SU as the road team in 2017-18.
Philadelphia has converted on 21.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked 28th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off only 75.1 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Philadelphia has been sent to the penalty box just 3.6 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its past five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Brian Elliott (22-19-7) has been the top option in goal for Philadelphia this year. If Philadelphia chooses to rest him, however, they might turn to Michal Neuvirth (8-12-3 record, .919 save percentage, 2.48 goals against average).
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Flyers. Giroux has 66 points via 19 goals and 47 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games. Voracek has 11 goals and 53 assists to his name, and has notched at least one point in 38 games.
Over on the other bench, New York is 27-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 31 of its contests have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 18-13 SU at home.
New York has converted on 20.8 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.
New York skaters have been penalized only 3.6 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 28.3 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for New York. Lundqvist has 23 wins, 28 losses, and four overtime losses and has registered a pedestrian 2.80 goals against average and a .917 save percentage this year.
The Broadway Blueshirts will be led on offense by Mats Zuccarello (nine goals, 32 assists).
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under
- New York is 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-5 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of New York’s last five outings.
- Philadelphia has attempted 31.5 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 19th in the NHL), and 28.2 in its last five road games.
- New York has averaged 2.9 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 1.7 goals per matchup on its three-game losing streak.
- Six of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-5 overall in those games.