Free NHL Picks: Metropolitan Division Rivals Collide in Philly

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 7:14 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 7:14 PM GMT

The Rangers travel to Philadelphia to face off against the Flyers. Let's peruse the NHL odds and see which side is poised to cash in our NHL picks tonight.

New York Rangers (5-3 SU, +0.00 units)
The Rangers come into this meeting with two consecutive wins under their belts over San Jose and Arizona where they outscored their opponents 8-1 and look to make it three straight in Philadelphia tonight. Those victories took place at Madison Square Garden but this one will be settled on the road and in a venue where they have lost five of their last seven contests. Henrik Lundqvist is listed as the confirmed starter for tonight's early season clash between the two East Coast rivals.

When you boast one of the greatest netminders on the planet, keeping the puck out of your own net is expected but in order to win games the offense must do their part. Henrik Lundqvist is the All-World goaltender doing his part to see to it that New York ranks 2nd in goals allowed averaging just 2.0 per game. However, it wasn't until the recent and modest two game winning streak that saw the Rangers' chief offensive weapons finally lighting the lamp with Rick Nash and Chris Kreider tallying in their last game which contributed to a 4-1 victory over the Coyotes.

 

Philadelphia Flyers (3-3 SU, +0.6 units)
The Flyers looked as though they were headed for their second consecutive loss as they fell behind the Bruins 4-2 in the third period. However, the Flyers refused to lose and won all the skirmishes along the boards and in the corners until captain Claude Giroux notched his second goal of the season to cut the lead in half followed by Wayne Simmonds game-tying tally midway through the third. The game went into overtime where Giroux struck again on the power play this time to wrap up a 5-4 victory and rewarding those who included Philadelphia in their NHL picks with a +145 return on their investment.

Goaltender Steve Mason will be between the pipes for Philadelphia after relieving Wednesday night's starter Michal Neuvirth who allowed two goals on 10 shots and then exited with an upper body injury. Mason was the catalyst that sparked the Flyers rally in Boston when he came up with a highlight reel save that immediately put a bolt of lightning into his team's skates. Mason went 1-2-0 with a 2.40 GAA and .926 save percentage in his three starts against the Rangers last season. The Flyers will need to improve on both their offense (ranked 20th averaging 2.2 goals per game) and defense (ranked 19th allowing 2.7 goals per game) if they are to have any success at home tonight.

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The NHL odds makers have installed the visiting Rangers as -130 to -140 favorites depending upon where you shop. I believe it is with good reason despite the fact that New York has had difficulty recently winning in the City of Brotherly Love. When you put Henrik Lundqvist in net much can change and if you consider his history against Philadelphia, registering a 6-2-0 mark complemented by a 2.02 goals against average and .930 save percentage in his last eight starts in the series and a 28-13-3 career mark versus the Flyers then the scales tip precipitously in New York's favor.

The only major statistical category that favors the Flyers is their power play unit which ranks 16th versus the Rangers 22nd in the league. Other than that the Blueshirts have it all over Philadelphia including in the Metropolitan division standings.

Free NHL Pick: Play the Rangers -130 at Pinnacle

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