New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers Game Preview

The Wells Fargo Center plays host to a divisional tilt as the Philadelphia Flyers welcome the visiting New York Rangers. It’s the fourth and last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. NBC will broadcast the matchup, which gets going at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers Odds

Philadelphia (-245) is currently favored over New York (+205) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.

Losing 3.5 units for moneyline bettors, the Flyers are 41-40 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 39-43 record the team posted during last years regular season campaign. Among the team’s 81 games this season, 44 have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 21-19 SU at home.

Philadelphia’s converted on 20.5 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 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.8 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Philly has been penalized 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over its last five contests total, and 3.0 per game over its last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.7 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.

With a .908 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Brian Elliott (23-19-7) has been the top option in goal for the Flyers this season. If they, however, choose to give him a breather, head coach Dave Hakstol may go with Petr Mrazek (15-24-24 record, .902 save percentage, 3.03 goals against average).

The Flyers will continue to rely on leadership via Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Giroux (99 points) is up to 31 goals and 68 assists and has recorded two or more points in 27 different games this year. Voracek has 20 goals and 64 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 51 contests.

On the other side of the rink, New York is 34-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 43 of its outings have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and just four have pushed. New York’s 13-27 SU as the visiting team this season.

New York has converted on 21.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

New York’s players have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Henrik Lundqvist (.915 save percentage and 2.95 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New York. Lundqvist is averaging 29.5 saves per game and has 26 wins, 36 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit.

Mats Zuccarello (16 goals, 37 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Rangers.

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions

NHL Tip: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Philadelphia’s last five games.
  • The Rangers are 11-19 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 22-28 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Philadelphia is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-5 in shootouts.
  • Philadelphia has created 5.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 5.9 takeaways per game (ranked 27th in the league).
  • New York has created 7.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.8 takeaways per game (ranked fifth overall).