Flyers Can Win Because…
They’re starting to figure things out. They realize that the Rangers won’t let them play a high-scoring, free-flowing type of a series, which means they’ve had to find ways to win nip-tuck type of games. They did it again in Game 4, killing off all of the Rangers power plays, getting a power play marker of their own and protecting their 2-1 lead the entire way through. It sure helps to have No. 1 goaltender Steve Mason back as he stopped 37 of 38 shots on Friday.
The Flyers have shown that they can win in these types of low-scoring situations. Now they just have to find a way to get the job done on the road.
The New York
Rangers Can Win Because…
The Flyers don’t play well in New York. They’ve lost nine of their last 10 games at Madison Square Garden and that doesn’t bode well considering there’s at least one more game there in this series.
This series is really just a battle of special teams. The Rangers have outplayed the Flyers in five-on-five, which is evidenced by the fact that they’ve won the two games in which the Flyers failed to score a power play goal but the Flyers won when they managed to get at least one tally with the man-advantage. The Flyers have just eight goals in this series so far and only five of them were at even strength.
The Rangers also need to get their power play going. The Flyers are giving them a boat load of opportunities each game and they simply need to find a way to take advantage. They’ve had at least four power plays in every contest.
If the Rangers can win the special teams battle, they’ll win Game 5.
Outlook & Pick
The Rangers just aren’t good playing with leads. They look like the better of the two teams but they just can’t seem to get a comfortable series lead when they have an opportunity. They outplayed the Flyers in Games 1 and 3, but failed to take control of the series in Games 2 and 4. Look for them to get the upper hand once more by protecting home ice in Game 5. Take them with your NHL picks.
Hockey Pick: Rangers at WagerWeb