Two of the three teams facing elimination last night were able to force game 7’s as the Wild and Kings both pulled off victories on home ice to force game 7’s on the road. The Kings became just the 9th team in NHL history to force a game 7 after losing the first three games of a series while Minnesota was able to come back from a 2-0 series deficit to force a deciding game 7. The lone team to be eliminated last night was the Columbus Blue Jackets as Evgeni Malkin buried a hat trick and helped us get the OVER in what was yet another 4-3 hockey game. Five out of the six games in this series finished 4-3, and the Penguins just about blew a 4-0 lead as Columbus scored 3 goals in the final ten minutes of the hockey game, however they just couldn’t find the equalizer and the Penguins will move on to face the winner of the Philadelphia and New York series. We will be looking at game six of this series for our pick tonight as it is the lone game on the NHL schedule for this evening.
New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers
My Pick – RANGERS (-103) @ 5dimes.eu (Best Odds)
A series that has been somewhat overshadowed by the plethora of intense series’ that have taken place in round one of the playoffs is the Rangers and the Flyers. This series has perhaps lacked the drama that we have seen elsewhere in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, however tonight’s game should be an absolute dandy from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. These two long-time rivals are squaring off for the opportunity to clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two of the playoffs, and it looks as if the Rangers have the edge heading into game six. Not only have the Rangers won 14 of their last 21 games away from Madison Square Garden, they have won 16 of their last 22 games against the Flyers have have the clear-cut edge in one very important category: goaltending. King Henrik Lundqvist has been stellar in these playoffs as he has been for most of his career with the Rangers. Lundqvist currently boasts a 1.81 goals against average and a .926 save percentage so far in the series and he has allowed more than two goals in a game just once in the series. Not all of the credit can go the Lundqvist though as the Rangers are collectively one of the best defensive units in the game and their shot blocking ability is unmatched throughout the league. Their overall defence and their road defence ranked 4th and 3rd in the league respectively this season, both surrendering just 2.4 goals per game and their penalty kill away from home is 85.8%, good for 3rd in the league this year. The Rangers defence has surrendered more than 26 shots on net on just one occasion so far in the series, and that includes giving up just 15 shots on net in game one. Philadelphia averages just 2.2 goals per game against the Rangers over their last ten head-to-head matchups, and have scored just ten goals in this series, which averages out at two tallies per game. Although just slight underdogs as this point in time, the Rangers are 15-12 as the underdog this season and have the momentum heading into game six tonight. Take Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers to turn the lights out on the rival Flyers tonight in Philadelphia.