The NHL is set up with another great night of action on March 25. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams have struggled a bit throughout this season and will look for a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.
New York has started out this season with a record of 14-13-4, which has them sitting in sixth place of the East Division. The Rangers are only four points out of a playoff spot and will look to get closer with a win in this one. New York has won back to back games and four of their last six. The Rangers will look to keep it going in this one.
The Flyers have put up a record of 15-12-4 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the East Division. Philadelphia has lost three games in row and eight of their last eleven. The Flyers have struggled to get anything going as of late and will look to get back on track in this one. Philadelphia will look to come out strong in this one as they try to get back in the fourth seed.
These two teams are sitting outside of the East Division playoff picture right now, but both teams could get back in it. I expect an exciting matchup as these two teams meet up in this one. Both teams have been trending in opposite directions as of late and will look to earn a big win in this one. This should be a great game to watch on Thursday night.
The Rangers and the Flyers have met up four times so far this season. Philadelphia hosted the first game on February 18. Colin Blackwell and Brenden Smith scored for New York. Kevin Hayes had two assists to help force a shootout. Kaapo Kakko and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to help lift the Rangers to a 3-2 win on the road.
The second game of the season series stayed in Philadelphia on February 24. Chris Kreider scored three goals on the night, while Mika Zibanejad had two assists. It was not enough though. Claude Giroux had three assists on the night. Shayne Gostisbehere and Erik Gustafsson each had a goal and an assist to help the Flyers earn a 4-3 win on the night.
New York hosted the third game of the season series on March 15. Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists in this one, which was enough to force overtime. Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists, while Joel Farabee, Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov all had a goal and an assist. Voracek scored the winner in overtime as Philadelphia earned a 5-4 win.
The fourth and final game of the season series was on March 17 in New York. Mika Zibanejad had three goals and three assists on the night. Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and two assists, while Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist. Alexander Georgiev stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Rangers dominated for a 9-0 win at home.
The Rangers have struggled on the power play throughout this season. New York has capitalized on 18 of their 112 power play chances, which is a 16.1 percent power play. The Rangers have been much better on the penalty kill. New York has given up 13 goals on 99 penalties against, which is an 86.9 percent kill rate.
Philadelphia’s special teams have struggled on both sides of special teams this season. The Flyers have scored on 20 of their 105 power play attempts, which is a 19.1 percent success rate. Philadelphia has killed off 70 of their opponents 94 power play opportunities, which is a 74.5 percent kill rate. The Flyers will need to step up on special teams throughout this season.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season on the power play. The Flyers have a slight edge on the power play, but they will have a tough task against New York’s penalty kill. Philadelphia’s penalty kill has been weaker and the Rangers power play could get going against it. If either team can get some power play goals in this one, it could be enough for a win in this one.
Igor Shesterkin will likely get the start in the crease for New York on Thursday night. Shesterkin has earned a record of 6-7-1 throughout this season. He has put up a save percentage of .921 and a 2.31 GAA in his starts. Shesterkin’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils, where he stopped 32 of 33 shots in the winning effort.
I expect Carter Hart to get the nod between the pipes for the Flyers in this one. Hart has started in 19 games this season, going 8-8-3. He has posted a .875 save percentage and a GAA of 3.85 throughout those games this season. Hart finished with 28 saves on 32 shots against the New Jersey Devils in his last outing, which was not enough for the win.
The Rangers will look for Shesterkin to pick up where he left off as he returns from injury in this one. Philadelphia needs Carter Hart to step up as this season goes along if they want to make a playoff push. Hart has struggled throughout this season, but I think he could bounce back after getting pulled in the Flyers last game against New York.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, but will need to get a big win in this one. New York was able to blowout the Flyers in their last meeting, but I think Philadelphia will come out stronger in this one. The Flyers need Hart and their special teams to step up in this one as well. If Philadelphia can have a strong start though, I think they will earn a win in this one.
BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -106 against the money line in this one. This gives a very slight edge to Philadelphia. I think with the Flyers playing this one at home, it should be a bit more in their favor. I think Philadelphia can earn a big win in this one. I like the Flyers to take over quickly in this one and as only slight favorites I like the value on Philadelphia.