The NHL is set up with another great slate of action on Wednesday night. Six games are up on the board throughout December 1. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. These two teams have had opposite starts, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 8-8-4 to start out this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers have lost six games in a row and will look to get back on track. Philadelphia has struggled to get anything going early in the season, but will look for a big win. I expect the Flyers to come out fast on the road in this one.
The Rangers have put up a record of 13-4-3 to open up the season, which has them in third place of the Metropolitan division. New York has won three in a row and seven of their last eight games. The Rangers are four points out of the top spot in the division. New York will look to earn another big win at home on Wednesday night.
These two teams have been solid early in the season, but New York has had the better overall start. The Flyers have not been able to find any rhythm overall as of late. Philadelphia will look to turn that around with a win in this divisional matchup. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Philadelphia Flyers||+1 ½ (-155)||+161||Over 6 (+105)|
|New York Rangers||-1 ½ (+135)||-179||Under 6 (-116)|
|Team Data||Philadelphia Flyers||New York Rangers|
|Away/ Home Record||4-4-2||5-1-1|
|Goals Per Game||2.45||2.95|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||1.80||3.14|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.918||.910|
- 3-2 when playing on two days rest
- 2-3 against division opponents
- 4-4 after allowing four goals or more
- 4-3 after a loss by two or more
- 4-8 when playing team with winning record
New York Rangers
- 2-0 when playing on three days rest or more
- 4-1 against division opponents
- 5-1 after a win by two goals or more
- 6-1 after scoring four goals or more
- 6-1 when playing team with losing record
These two teams met up eight times throughout last season. The Rangers put up a record of 4-3-1 throughout those games. Both teams missed out on the postseason last season, but New York has had the better start this season. The Flyers will look to bounce back in this one though as they try to earn a big win on the road.
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The Flyers have struggled on the power play and are strong on the penalty kill. Philadelphia has scored on 8 of their 61 power play chances, which is a 13.1 percent power play. The Flyers have killed off 55 of their opponents 65 power play attempts, which is an 84.6 percent kill rate. Philadelphia is 28th on the man advantage and 11th on the penalty kill.
New York has been solid on both sides of special teams this season. The Rangers have capitalized on 12 of their 59 power play opportunities, which is a 20.3 percent success rate. New York has given up 12 power play goals on 62 penalties against, which is an 80.7 percent penalty kill. The Rangers are 12th on the power play and 19th on the kill.
The Rangers have put up the better power play on the season, while Philadelphia has the better penalty kill. New York will look to get their power play going in this one. The Flyers will look to get their man advantage going as well. If either team can get a power play goal or two, it could be enough for the win in this one.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in net for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 5-5-3 throughout his 13 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .920 and a 2.67 GAA in those matchups. Hart finished with 30 saves on 36 shots in his last start against the Carolina Hurricanes, which was not enough for the win.
Igor Shesterkin will likely get the nod in the crease for the Rangers on Wednesday night. Shesterkin has played in 16 games this season, going 11-3-2 in those games. He has posted a .933 save percentage and a GAA of 2.22 in his outings. Shesterkin’s last start was against the Boston Bruins. He stopped 34 of 36 shots in the win.
These two goalies have been strong to open up this season. Hart has struggled a bit in his last few games, losing three in a row. He will look to bounce back again in this one. Shesterkin has been on a roll, winning three in a row. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the win.
The Flyers have struggled as of late and will look to earn a big win on Wednesday night. New York has been red hot as of late and will look to keep it going in this one. Philadelphia has been better than they have looked as of late. If the Flyers can come out quickly on the road, I think they can pull off the upset in this one.
BetOnline has New York listed as a -179 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Rangers will win this game around 64.2 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with it being a divisional game. Philadelphia will look to come out quickly as they try to pull off the upset on Wednesday night.