Free NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Flyers in Game 3

David Lawrence

Monday, April 21, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 12:40 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Flyers finally won in New York. They had lost nine straight times at Madison Square Garden before Sunday but they took Game 2 and evened up the series. Does that mean they’re worth a look on the NHL odds in Game 3 to keep momentum on their side?

The New York Rangers Can Win Because…
They still dominate this series. Even with the loss in Game 2, they have still won 12 of the last 16 meetings between the teams. The reason for it is that they’re usually capable of dictating the pace. However, they couldn’t do so on Sunday and it cost them.

The Flyers managed to push the pace in Game 2, opening things up and making it a more free-flowing game. They had plenty of scoring chances and they managed to find the back of the net four times. Things looked good early for the Rangers at first as they held a 2-0 lead only to allow four straight unanswered goals. They had opportunities but didn’t capitalize, such as going one-for-six on the power play. They’ll clean up things like that and get back on track on Tuesday.

Take a Gander at the Rangers vs. Flyers Series Price

The Philadelphia Flyers Can Win Because…
They’ve managed to turn the tide. The Flyers were in a 1-0 series hole and facing a 2-0 deficit in Game 2. That’s when their top line finally woke up. Claude Giroux turned into a wrecking ball and teamed with Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek to be the dominant force that we saw them be so many times this season. They only combined for one goal but it was the catalyst. From there, the game – and series – changed.

Game 2 was played at the Flyers pace. They managed to fire 24 pucks at Henrik Lundqvist compared to just 15 in Game 1. They got their power play going, scoring twice in three opportunities, and killed off five of six Rangers penalties. They’ve figured them out a little bit and that will carry over. Take the Flyers with your NHL picks.

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Outlook & Pick
The Flyers looked better in Game 2 but still not great. The Rangers are firing 30+ pucks on net through two games and getting six power plays per outing. If the Flyers aren’t more disciplined, they aren’t going to win.

Since New York has had such success in this series, I’ll bank on them squeaking out a win in Game 3. It’s not like them to blow a 2-0 lead as they did in Game 2. They’ll bounce back on Tuesday.

NHL Pick: Rangers +136 at BetMarathon

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