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#55 N.Y. Rangers 6 vs.
#56 Philadelphia Flyers -175
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of Metropolitan Division teams on the ice in the City of Brotherly Love. The New York Rangers are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night. New York was in action on the road against Montreal in an Original Six tilt Thursday night. The Rangers dropped the Islanders 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night in their last contest. Philadelphia downed San Jose 4-2 at home on Tuesday night in their last game. The Flyers have taken seven of the last eight meetings, including a 5-1 home victory in the first meeting this season on December 23, 2019.

New York Rangers Cap Back to Back Set

New York was in action on the road Thursday night as they faced Montreal in a battle of Original Six teams so they play the second game of a back to back situation here. The Rangers went into Wednesday’s action seventh in the Metropolitan Division, seven points behind the Flyers, who held the final guaranteed playoff spot, and 12 back of the Capitals for the division lead. In the wild card race, they were four points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot. New York is solid offensively this season as they average 3.32 goals per contest. The Rangers have had defensive zone issues as they allow 3.05 goals per game. New York is very effective with the man advantage as they convert 22.8 percent of their chances on the power play. The Rangers would like to improve in the penalty killing department as they successfully navigate 79.2 percent of their shorthanded situations.

Against the Islanders, it took a little extra time but the Rangers came up with the two points. New York was outshot 15-7 in the opening period and took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Artemi Panarin opened the scoring with his 32nd of the year at 17:02 off assists from Ryan Lindgren and Tony DeAngelo. In the second period, the Rangers were outshot 16-13 and saw both teams score once to lead 2-1 after 40 minutes. Greg McKegg scored his fourth of the year off assists from Brendan Lemieux and Adam Fox at 7:48 for a 2-0 lead. The Islanders gave up a goal later in the period to halve their lead. In the final period, the Rangers were outshot 14-7 and outscored 2-1 to send the game to overtime even at three. Brett Howden scored his eighth of the year at 9:34 off assists from Lemieux and Lindgren for a 3-1 lead. New York gave up two unanswered goals, including the equalizer at 19:42 of the period, to force overtime. In the extra session, the Rangers had the lone shot in overtime and it led to the winning goal, Mika Zibanejad scored his 29th of the year 28 seconds into overtime off an assist from Panarin to earn the win. Alexander Georgiev made 42 saves in the win for the Rangers, who were outshot 45-28 in the game. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the call in net here.

Philadelphia Flyers Seek to Maintain Home Success

Philadelphia won their fourth straight game as they skated past the Jets on ice at home Tuesday night. The Flyers entered Thursday’s action holding the final guaranteed spot in the Metropolitan Division by two points over the Islanders. The team stood five points back of division-leading Washington. Philadelphia is a decent offensive team as they average 3.25 goals per game this season. The Flyers are above average in their own zone as they enter this game allowing 2.86 goals per contest. Philadelphia is in the middle of the pack in success with the man advantage by converting 20.5 percent of their power play chances this season. The Flyers are an average team in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 81.9 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

Against the Jets, Philadelphia continued their home success by shutting down Winnipeg. The Flyers were outshot 15-8 in the opening period and the game was tied at one after 20 minutes of play. Nicolas Aube-Kubel opened the scoring with his sixth of the year, on the power play, at 1:32 off assists from James van Riemsdyk and Matt Niskanen. The Sharks tied the game later in the period. In the second period, Philadelphia saw the shots even at 10 and outscored San Jose 2-0 to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Kevin Hayes scored his 20th of the year at 3:51 off assists from Scott Laughton and Travis Konecny to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Konecny tallied his 22nd of the year at 9:41 off an assist for Hayes for the two-goal Philadelphia lead. The final period saw Philadelphia with a 9-3 edge in shots with each team scoring once. Hayes scored his second of the game and 21st of the season at 3:43 off assists from Laughton and Konecny for a 4-1 lead. San Jose got one back later in the period but the Flyers rolled to the win. Carter Hart made 26 saves in the win for the Flyers, who were outshot 28-27 in the game.

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The Rangers have played well but they are playing the second game of a back to back and their third game in four nights here. That’s going to take a toll, especially on the road against a Philadelphia team that has great success at home. Hart continues to be extremely good at home with a 17-2-2 mark with a 1.65 GAA and a .941 save percentage at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers are going to be a bit heavy-legged for this contest and the Flyers are very good on home ice. With Hart in goal, the Flyers are in good shape to pick up the victory in this contest.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers -165

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New York comes into this game with a 17-11-2 home mark on the season. The Rangers own a +5 goal differential (97-92) on the season despite a -167 shot differential (1,061-894) in those contests. That creates an average of 6.30 goals per game when New York is the visiting team this season. Philadelphia is 22-5-4 at home this season. In those games, the Flyers own a +47 goal differential (111-64) and a +127 shot differential (1,010-883) on the year. That creates an average of 5.65 goals per game on home ice. With the Flyers rested and at home while the Rangers are tired, look for this one to end up under the total.

Prediction: Under 6

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The Rangers have played well on the road of late. New York has held the upper hand in 13 of their 30 road games after the opening period of play this season. The Rangers have been even in six contests and trailed after one period in 11 road contests. Philadelphia has held the upper hand in 11 of their 31 home games after one period of play this season. The Flyers have been even after 20 minutes just 14 times and have trailed just six times this year. With the Rangers gassed, the Flyers should be able to scratch out the lead after the opening period.

Prediction: 1st Period Philadelphia Flyers
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.