Stadium: Wells Fargo Centre (Philadelphia)
Philadelphia are winless in six straight games. Will Mike Yeo's men be able to break their losing streak against the Rangers? We predict that the New York club will be closer!Get Your Welcome Bonus!
Philadelphia fail another regular season, risking to fly past the cup battles for the second year in a row. The Flyers started quite well, but they snapped a ten-game losing streak in late November and December, making their lives very difficult. It seemed as though the Orange were slowly climbing out of the crisis, but they began to have problems again after the Christmas break. Mike Yeo's men could not taste victory for six games in a row. Two poor defeats saw the Pennsylvanians drop to 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, but there has been no brightening of their fortunes so far.
The Rangers have been shaky in recent years, undergoing a personnel change, but that slowly came to an end, and a worthy character finally emerged in the coaching ranks. Now they have Gerard Gallant, who has a good chance to get his men to the playoffs and make some noise. The New York club is in decent form right now, with five wins in the last seven meetings and two losses in the West to Vegas and Los Angeles, 1-5 and 1-3, respectively. The Rangers sit in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with such a quality performance, just three points behind the leader.
Expert Betting Tips
Philadelphia and Rangers have historically played evenly between them, but they approach the game being in a very different state for the upcoming confrontation. If the Flyers are the underdogs in the league, struggling to make the playoffs, the New York club fights for the lead in the East and is in good shape. What's more, the Orange cannot win six games in a row, so in addition to physical fatigue, they're also mentally tired. As a result, we're betting on a Rangers win for 1.95.
This season, Gerard Gallant has made tremendous progress from the Rangers, who have started to show good results while acting competently in defence. In 38 meetings played, they conceded only 94 pucks (2.47 average per game), which is quite a quality mark. Moreover, in the previous six games, the New York club has allowed its rivals to hit the gate only 10 times (1.67 average per game). Therefore one should not expect from the Flyers goal feats, and the best option for the prediction looks like Philadelphia Total Under 2.5 pucks for 1.83.
Philadelphia and Rangers are two teams with a good selection of players in the offensive line, but they completely forget about it in face-to-face meetings. In their last four games, the opponents combined for just 18 goals (4.50 goals-against average), which is quite modest by NHL standards. And now we shouldn't expect a goal feast either, as the Flyers have lost six straight meetings and will now try to close, while the Rangers themselves play strictly defensive. A bet on Total Under 5.5 pucks for 2.00 is worth a closer look in such a situation.