The Philadelphia Flyers put together an impressive performance against the Winnipeg Jets last night. With a 3-1 win over a contending team, the Flyers have shown some signs of life recently. The win gets them to just 20-23-5 on the season, but it was their fourth win in a row. They’ve suddenly found wins in five of their last six wins. It’s good to see if you are a Flyers’ fan, but they also don’t want to take themselves out of the Jack Hughes’ sweepstakes.
The future is much more important than this season. They aren’t likely going to be able to sustain this and find a way into the playoffs. The Flyers are currently 12 points behind for the final seed, so good luck at overcoming that deficit. In any event, they haven’t thrown in the towel and have been playing hard of late.
Scott Gordon has Carter Hart to thank for keeping this team upright. If he came up from the AHL and struggled as well, we likely wouldn’t be talking about the Flyers playing well recently. He stole the show again last night, as he turned back 31 shots on 32 shots for the win. It was the fourth straight win for Hart, who will take a spot on the bench as the backup against the Rangers.
Anthony Stolarz will instead get a chance to impress between the pipes. This will be his first start since December 15th. He took a loss against the Canucks in that showing, as he gave up 2 goals on 4 shots. Stolarz has some catching up to do if he wants to match Hart. Expect to see Lundqvist counter for the Rangers, who is fresh off a win in the All-Star Game. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Rangers pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick
Hart used the absence of Stolarz to runaway with the starting position in Philadelphia. That goes for several other goaltenders, including Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth who went into the regular season as the starter and backup. A lot has changed since then, as Hart doesn’t want to let go of his starting job. Stolarz could be better in net, as he hit the IR following some struggles. He failed to get anything going in his last four appearances.
In those four games, Stolarz failed to get his save percentage above 0.90 in any start. Instead, he posted a dismal save percentage of 0.76. Overall on the year, Stolarz has recorded a 3.90 GAA and 0.88 save percentage. He will take on a Rangers team who was feeling it before heading on the break. They enter with three straight wins to have a solid record of 21-20-7. For a team looking to blow their team up and rebuild, yeah, it’s not bad.
The Rangers have excelled at home. Things have gotten tricky for them on the road, but MSG has been friendly to the Rangers. They are 13-6-3 as opposed to 8-14-2 on the road. I think it’s more of a case of teams rolling into NYC and not taking them seriously.
It isn’t quite the same as Las Vegas home ice advantage, but the Rangers have made out well. They have averaged 3.08 goals per game and surrendered 2.67 per game at MSG. Conversely, the Flyers have notched 2.88 goals per game and allowed 3.76 goals on the road.
I noted in an earlier writeup that the Jets may have an advantage over the Bruins tonight because they had a chance to shake the rust off already. While the Flyers shook it off rather quickly, they exerted a lot of energy against one of the best teams in the league last night. The Jets could have given more, but the Flyers may have hit their max output. It also sets up a classic letdown spot on the road after a big win less than 24 hours ago. Consider the Rangers on Tuesday.