New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers Odds - Free Pick 1/16/2016
The New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers renew a long-standing rivalry this Saturday afternoon in an early start at the Wells Fargo Center. The puck is set to drop at 1 p.m. (ET) in this Metro Division battle and the game will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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New York returns to the ice following a 3-1 road loss to the New York Islanders as slight 108 favorites. It has been an up and down ride for the Rangers since late December with a 4-5-1 record in their last 10 games and they are now 23-15-5 on the year. New York has really struggled on the road this season with a 7-10-3 record following Thursday night's loss to the Islanders and the total has gone OVER in six of their last eight road games.
The Rangers remain one of the top scoring teams in the NHL with an average of 2.9 goals a game. Mat Zuccarello has led the way with a team-high 16 goals, but he has been shutout in his last five games while New York as a team has only tallied 12 total goals during the same span. Henrik Lundqvist has gotten the start in goal over the last 12 games and on the year his goals-against average stands at 2.49 with a .920 save percentage. He was able to turn away 61 of the last 64 shots he faced in his last two games.
The Flyers ran their current winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over Boston this past Wednesday as +104 underdogs at home. They are now 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and 11-5-4 at home this season. The total stayed UNDER the closing 5.5-goal line after it had gone OVER in five of their previous seven outings. Philadelphia has been able to tally at least three goals in each of its last four games.
On the year, the Flyers have struggled with consistency behind an offense that is ranked 28th in the NHL in scoring with an average of just 2.3 goals a game. This recent uptick of scoring has to be a welcomed sight for a team that only managed to score a total of five goals in three losses before this current run. Claude Giroux continues to lead the way with a team-high 12 goals and with three assists in the win over the Bruins he now has 21 on the year. Goalie Steve Mason has gotten the start in the last three games.
The Rangers are just 1-10 in their last 11 road games and they are 0-9 in their last nine road games against a team with a winning record at home. The total has gone OVER in 10 of their last 14 games overall.
The Flyers have a six-game winning streak at home and they are 4-1 in their last five conference games. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 13 Saturday games.
Head-to-head in this bitter rivalry, the home team is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last seven games. Philadelphia has won two previous meetings this season including a 3-0 shutout on Nov. 28 as a 160 road underdog.
New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers Prediction
The Rangers are the better overall team in this divisional showdown, but Philadelphia's current form as well as some of the recent betting trends for both teams swings the edge toward the Flyers for this Saturday's game. Stick with Philly in an even matchup as the "best bet" pick.