The NHL season is heating up and has another great slate of games throughout February 24. Seven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams will look to get a much needed win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
New York has gone 6-7-3 throughout this season so far, which has them sitting in sixth place of the East Division. The Rangers have won two games in a row and will look to keep it going in this one. New York was on a four game losing streak before that though. The Rangers will look to keep this winning streak going as they look to get back in the playoff race.
The Flyers have put up a record of 8-4-3 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the East Division. Philadelphia has lost back to back games and four of their last five. The Flyers will look to turn it around in this one though. Philadelphia has fallen in the standings during this stretch, but will look to turn it around.
These two teams have hit a bit of a wall as of late. The Rangers have won back to back games in this one and will look to keep it up. Philadelphia has struggled throughout this recent stretch of games. The Flyers are coming off a big loss outdoors on Lake Tahoe. Philadelphia will look to bounce back in this one on Wednesday night.
The Rangers and the Flyers met up three times throughout the last season. Philadelphia hosted the first game on December 23. Jesper Fast scored the opening goal for New York, but it was not enough. Kevin Hayes had two goals, while Travis Sanheim two goals and an assist. Justin Braun and James van Riemsdyk each had two assists as the Flyers were able to win 5-1 in this one.
The second game of the season series was also in Philadelphia on February 28. Jesper Fast and Brett Howden scored for the Rangers, but it was not enough. Jakub Voracek had four assists on the night. Claude Giroux finished with two goals, while Sean Couturier put up a goal and an assist. Scott Laughton also had two assists. Carter Hart finished with 26 saves on 28 shots as the Flyers won 5-2.
The final game of the season series shifted to New York on March 1. Mika Zibanejad had two goals and an assist, while Anthony DeAngelo and Artemi Panarin both had two assists. It was not enough for the Rangers though. Derek Grant and Travis Konecny each had a goal and an assist. Travis Sanheim and Jakub Voracek both put up two assists as the Flyers grabbed a 5-3 win on the night.
The first game of this season’s series was in Philadelphia on February 18. Kevin Hayes had two assists and Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Joel Farabee both had a goal. It was not enough for the Flyers. Colin Blackwell and Brenden Smith both finished with a goal on the night. Kaapo Kaako and Artemi Panarin both had a goal in the shootout to give New York a 3-2 win on the night.
The Rangers have struggled on the power play this season, but their penalty kill has been great. New York has capitalized on 8 of their 62 power play opportunities, which is a 12.9 percent success rate. The Rangers have been able to kill off 48 of their opponents 56 power play chances, which is an 85.7 percent penalty kill. New York needs to find a way to step up on the power play in this one.
Philadelphia’s power play has been solid this season, but their penalty kill has struggled. The Flyers have been able to score 10 goals on their 50 power play attempts, which is a 20 percent power play. Philadelphia has given up 15 goals on 52 penalties against, which is a 71.2 percent kill rate. Philadelphia will look to step up on the penalty kill in this one.
These two teams have struggled a bit on part of special teams. New York’s power play has not been great, but they could get going against the Flyers penalty kill. Philadelphia has been stronger on the power play though, but the Rangers penalty kill has been really strong. If either team can get some goals on the power play in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Igor Shesterkin will likely get the nod in the crease for New York on Wednesday night. Shesterkin has earned a record of 4-5-1 throughout his starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .922 and a 2.23 GAA in this one. Shesterkin stopped 26 of 27 shots throughout his last start against the Washington Capitals, which was enough for the win.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start between the pipes for the Flyers in this one. Hart has started in 11 games this season, going 5-3-3 in those games. He has posted a .891 save percentage and a GAA of 3.68 in his games played. Hart’s last start was against the Boston Bruins, where he finished with 17 saves on 23 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have had opposite starts to this season. Hart has struggled a bit this season, while Shesterkin has had a strong start to the season. These two goalies are strong starters for their team and will look to bounce back in this one. Hart had a really tough performance against the Bruins and will need to turn it around on Wednesday night.
New York is coming into this one on a two game winning streak, while the Flyers have struggled as of late. The Rangers will look to keep it going in this one, but I think that Philadelphia can grab a win in this one. The Flyers will look to come out quickly in this one after being embarrassed on Sunday night. Philadelphia has looked good overall this season and I think they can get the win in this one.
BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -113 against the money line in this one. This gives a solid edge to Philadelphia in this one, but there is not a lot of value there. I think that the Flyers will come out hot as they look to turn this losing streak around. I think Philadelphia can jump out to a quick lead, which gives a lot of value to the Flyers -1 ½ at +200 in this one.