Hot Flyers to Extend Rangers' Post-Break Losing Skid

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Dana Lane

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 4:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 4:37 PM UTC

The Flyers have motivation and a hot streak entering Tuesday's game with the Rangers, and the return of a key player might make it worth trying to cash in on Philly with your NHL picks.

Tuesday NHL: Flyers vs. Rangers

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Free NHL Pick: Flyers -108 MLBest Line Offered: Bookmaker

We were so close to cashing our Montreal Canadiens wager Monday, but the New York Islanders did something they rarely do -- win at Belle Centre. As always, the loss means very little because a well-managed bankroll doesn’t sweat out any single game. We simply move on to the Big Apple to get that game back.

On the "Ice Guys Show" this morning I was desperately trying to spit out that we’ll see Shayne Gostisbehere’s return to the Flyers' lineup after a one-game absence. His presence will mean a great deal if he can find some immediate cohesion with pairing partner Ivan Provorov. These are two defensemen who like to get into the offensive flow, allowing Philadelphia to be a little more dangerous. What we have to be worried about is the fact Provorov has been playing with Robert Hagg, who is more of a stay-at-home D-man. This potentially can cause a problem because you can’t always have both defensemen attacking for fear of getting caught the other way. When to go and when not to get involved comes from playing time together, so there might be a little rust at first but I think after a period or so, Gostisbehere and Provorov will find their groove. The first period is the key to cashing our ticket.

Philly has won four straight games, both straight-up and against the puckline, whereas the Rangers were beaten badly by the Islanders coming out of their break. They then washed that effort down with a 5-2 clunker to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers have been outscored 12-4 coming out of the break, but the story goes deeper than that. This team hasn’t scored more than three goals in back-to-back games since before Christmas. In their last nine games the Rangers have managed just 17 goals (1.89 gpg) while giving up 28 (3.11).

The Flyers have won five of six, averaging 4.5 goals per game with a goal differential of +8. That number would be even more impressive if you take out their own hiccup, a 5-1 loss to the Penguins a couple weeks back. Take away that effort and the Flyers have beaten their last five opponents by an average of 2.4 goals. I like the track the Flyers are on way more than the recent form the Rangers have put on display.

The standings also provide a little more motivation for Philadelphia. With a game in hand, they can leap over the Rangers in the wild-card chase while tying the Islanders for the last spot.

With your NHL picks, jump on the Flyers at the small road price posted on the NHL odds board.

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