Can the Philadelphia Flyers Pull Off An Upset Against the New York Rangers?
The Philadelphia Flyers will head to the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, on Sunday evening in a Metropolitan Divisional matchup. The Flyers are already eliminated from postseason contention as they are last in the division (21-35-11, 53 points), while the Rangers are currently second in the division (43-19-5, 91 points) as of this writing. This will be the third of four games against one another as New York has won both games, including a 3-2 road win back on January 15.
There is a huge difference in the skill level between these teams, so it will be an interesting matchup to pay attention to. Let’s take a closer dive into Philadelphia and New York to determine where we should be placing our bets.
Game Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers, April 3
Right winger Cam Atkinson has been doing decently well as he has recorded 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists) while adding three points in his previous five games. The Flyers are struggling offensively as they are scoring 2.57 goals on 30.5 shots thus far. Goaltender Carter Hart is currently listed as day-to-day but should be able to play here, but he is struggling as he is 13-21-7 with a .909 save percentage and 3.04 goals allowed per game. Defensively, Philadelphia is giving up 3.48 goals on 34.1 shot attempts so far.
New York has been doing well on the offensive side of the ice as they are averaging 3.01 goals on 28.8 shot attempts right now. Left winger Artemi Panarin has been doing exceptionally well as he is tied for fourth in the league in assists and is 15th in the NHL in points as he has produced 77 points (17 goals, 60 assists) with an additional five points in his last four games. The Rangers have been doing well defensively as they are allowing 2.57 goals in 31.7 shots as of this writing. Goalie Igor Shesterkin has been one of the best in the entire sport as he is 32-9-3 with 2.11 goals allowed per game and a league-leading .936 save percentage.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers Betting Prediction
With the injury to Carter Hart, the Flyers’ defense will be shakier than they have been this season, as they are giving up five goals in their previous three games. Igor Shesterkin is one of the greatest goalies in the entire league. He is second in goals allowed per game and first in save percentage, so the ability to score against him will be tough, let alone a weak offensive team this season.
Philly is currently 32-35 against the spread, while New York is 34-33 against the spread this season. All in all, go with the New York Rangers to cover the puck line in their own building against an inferior franchise.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.