The NHL is set up with another great Monday night of action. Ten games will be up on the board throughout the night of March 15. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. These two teams have struggled at time this season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN.
The Flyers have started out this season with a record of 13-9-3, which has them sitting in fifth place of the East Division. Philadelphia is only three points out of a playoff picture entering this one. The Flyers have lost back to back games and four of their last five. Philadelphia will look to get back on track with a win in this one.
New York has put up a record of 11-12-3 to this point in the season, which has them in sixth place of the East Division. The Rangers are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. New York will look to turn this into a win streak as they try to claw back into the playoff race in the East Division.
These two teams are sitting outside of the playoff picture so far this season, but Philadelphia has been slightly better. The Flyers have struggled as of late, but they will look to turn it around with a win against the Rangers. New York is trying to get back into the playoff race before they fall to far behind. This should be a great game on Monday night.
The Flyers and the Rangers have met up twice already this season. Philadelphia hosted the first game on February 18. Kevin Hayes had two assists, while Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Joel Farabee each had a goal. Colin Blackwell and Brenden Smith each had a goal as well to send this to overtime. Kaapo Kakko and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to lift New York to a 3-2 win.
The second game of the season series stayed in Philadelphia on February 24. Chris Kreider had a hat trick on the night and Mika Zibanejad added two assists. It was not enough this time for the Rangers though. Claude Giroux had three assists, while Shayne Gostisbehere and Erik Gustafsson each had a goal and an assist. The Flyers were able to hold on for a 4-3 win at home.
Philadelphia was able to sweep the three game series against the Rangers last season, but these two teams each have a win so far this season. The Flyers will look to get back on track against a New York team that have beaten quite a bit in the last couple of seasons. Philadelphia was in two tight games against the Rangers earlier in the season and will look to hold them off in this one.
Philadelphia has not been great on either side of special teams this season. The Flyers have scored on 17 of their 87 power play attempts, which is a 19.5 percent success rate. Philadelphia has given up 21 power play goals on 78 penalties against, which is a 73.1 percent penalty kill. The Flyers will look to step up on special teams in this one.
The Rangers have struggled on the power play so far this season. New York has capitalized on 14 of their 96 power play opportunities, which is a 14.6 percent power play. The Rangers have been much better on their penalty kill though. New York has killed off 74 of their opponents 85 power play chances, which is an 87.1 percent kill rate.
The Flyers power play has been solid throughout this season, but they have a tough test against New York’s penalty kill. The Rangers could also get their power play going against Philadelphia’s struggling penalty kill. I think New York’s power play has the better chance to get going in this one, which could give them the edge on Monday night.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the crease for the Flyers on Monday night. Hart has earned a record of 6-6-3 throughout his 15 starts this season. He has put up a .887 save percentage and a GAA of 3.60 in his games played. Hart’s last game was against Washington Capitals, where he stopped 11 of 13 shots after replacing Brian Elliott in the loss.
Alexandar Georgiev will likely get the nod in the net for New York in this one. Georgiev has started 11 games this season, going 4-4-2 in his games played. He has posted a save percentage of .887 and a 3.33 GAA in those games. Georgiev stopped 10 of the 14 shots he faced in his last start against the Boston Bruins before getting pulled in the loss.
These two goalies have struggled throughout the early part of this season. Both goalies are coming off tough performances in their last start and will look to turn things around in this one. I expect both starters to try and shift the tide in their favor early on Monday night. If either goalie can get into a groove, it could be enough to snag the win.
The Flyers are entering this one on a bit of a rough stretch. Philadelphia will look to turn it around in this one as they try to climb back into the playoff race. I expect the Flyers to try and come out quickly in this one as they hunt for a much needed win. If Philadelphia can get going on special teams, I think they can earn the win.
BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -110 against the money line in this one. This implies that Philadelphia will win this game around 52.4 percent of the time. I think that this line could be slightly bigger with how the Flyers have performed over this season. I think Philadelphia will come out hot and Hart will bounce back. I am taking the Flyers as slight favorites.