A pair of longtime NHL rivals will meet up on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers. Both of these teams are currently sitting outside of the playoff picture in the East, but there is time to turn things around.
New York has won two straight games, including a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Despite the recent winning streak, the Rangers have just 15 total points on the season and are in 6th place in the division.
Philadelphia has lost two straight games, and they are heading in the wrong direction. The Flyers have racked up 19 points, which is good enough for just fifth place in the East.
The Philadelphia Flyers are -125 over the New York Rangers in this rivalry game.
Panarin’s Absence Hurts Rangers
The New York Rangers will be without Artemi Panarin for the next two weeks as the forward is dealing with some off-ice issues. This will be a huge blow to a team scoring just 2.44 goals per game this season.
Panarin leads the team with five goals, 13 assists, and 18 points, and someone else will have to step up in his absence. The Rangers have converted on just 12.6 percent of their power-play chances, and that number also needs to improve.
New York have been terrific at limiting chances for their opponents, giving up just over 2.5 goals per game. Goaltender Igor Shesterkin is allowing just 2.23 goals against per game, and he will play a key role in this game.
Flyers Need to Find Offense Again
The Philadelphia Flyers are scoring 3.4 goals per game, but the offense has been a bit disappointing of late. Philadelphia has scored just five total goals in their two previous losses, and that is simply not good enough.
James Van Riemsdyk leads the team with eight goals, 13 assists, and 21 points, and he is starting to turn into one of the best players in the NHL. The Flyers are able to generate scoring from all four lines, but that hasn’t been the case of late.
Philadelphia likes to play fast, and that will give the Rangers some opportunities on the offensive end of the ice. The Flyers give up early 3.3 goals per game and gave up seven goals to the Boston Bruins over the weekend.
Philadelphia Beats Rival
New York has been the hotter team of late, and they just picked up a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The problem is that playing without Artemi Panarin leaves a huge hole on the Flyers roster, and finding enough scoring will be a challenge.
Philadelphia has struggled to score goals in the last two games, but this offense is capable of getting hot at any time. Don’t be surprised to see the Flyers bust out of this one with an impressive showing on offense to take control of this matchup.
This will be another game with plenty of hard-hitting, but the Rangers simply can’t keep up this time around. Bet the Philadelphia Flyers -125 over the New York Rangers.