Tale of the Tape
The New York Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in downtown Manhattan with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on the NBC Sports Network. According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -145 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The Rangers have won their last 7 at home versus the Flyers. The Rangers are currently 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 6th overall in the East just 1-point behind the Rangers.
Rangers are Rolling
The Rangers enter tonight having won their last 4-games in a row, and have outscored those 4 opponents by a combined 17-8. In their last outing they were a 4-3 overtime winner at home versus the Phoenix Coyotes. The Rangers were able to overcome a 2-0 deficit at the end of the 1st period, scored the tying goal with just 3:28 remaining in regulation time, and won the game 1:56 into the overtime session on a goal by Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers outshot the Coyotes 36-21 in the contest. After tonight the Rangers will embark on a 4-game in 7-day road trip that begins on Friday at Calgary. That's not bad news for a Rangers team that's gone a stellar 23-13 versus the money line on the road this season. "The Blue Shirts" will conclude the regular season by playing 3 of their last 4 at home.
Attempting to Start Another
The Flyers had their 5-game win streak snapped in their previous game suffering a 3-2 home loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. Despite the loss they've won12 of their last 16 overall. Philadelphia has been on a goal scoring spree lighting the lamp 40 times over their last 11-games. The Flyers have gone over the total in their last 4 on the road, and have gone under the total in just 1 of their last 12 road games. They've also gone under the total in just 6 of their last 26-games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
Both of these clubs have been scoring with regularity of late. Although there's a lot at stake in regards to playoff positioning, this contest has all the ear marks of a high scoring contest for our NHL picks.
Hockey Pick: Flyers/Rangers to go over the total of 5.0