Following their unconditional surrender at the trade deadline last February little has been expected of the New York Rangers. Which is what has made their recent success with the NHL betting lines has been so surprising. In fact, the Broadway Blueshirts are one of the hottest teams on the board recently. Philadelphia was a consensus pick to return to the playoffs this year. But their horrible defense and goaltending has put those aspirations in jeopardy. Gamblers are frustrated by the unreliable and streaky Flyers. Of great concern is a recent stretch of red ink for Philly backers.
New York Ranges vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date and Time: Friday, November 23, 2018, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Slumping Philadelphia has lost four of their last seven games. Overall the Flyers are 9-9-2 and in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia has cleared the total in 13 of their first 20 games. Of great concern is a ranking of 30th in the NHL for goals against and 31st for the penalty kill. Additionally, the Flyers goal scoring has slumped to rank 16th in the league. It follows that a 24th ranked power play has added to Philadelphia’s lack of value. Consequently, top goaltenders Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth are battling groin injuries.
New York Ranges
Specifically, the Rangers have become the surprise of the Metropolitan Division. Take the case of their 10-8-2 record. More emphatically the Rangers have won seven of their last nine games. Despite their good record New York has the metrics of a subpar team. To illuminate the Rangers rank 22nd in the NHL for goal scoring and 21st for goals against. Also New York ranks a poor 28th for shots allowed and 23rd for penalty killing. Veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has a solid .918 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average.
Stats to Consider
Although the Rangers have won three of their last four away tilts their long-term mark is not good with the NHL lines. For example, the Broadway Blueshirts have won just four of their last 18 games on away ice. Five of their last eight away matchups have gone over the total. Balanced against that is the Flyers winning four of their last seven home games. Three of their last five at Wells Fargo Center have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
Philadelphia has had the recent sportsbook edge in his head to head series. Consider the Flyers have won the last three games between these teams. Four of the last five between New York and Philly have gone over the total. And the Flyers have won two in a row over the Broadway Blueshirts on home ice. Two of those three games went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
As mentioned earlier the Flyers do have the head to head edge against the Rangers. In the second place their scoring depth is a matchup advantage with the NHL lines. Because of this it stands to figure that the underachieving Flyers will soon get back into gear.
Rangers vs. Flyers NHL Lines Picks
To sum up the Flyers are better than their record while the Rangers are exceeding reality.
Rangers vs. Flyers NHL Betting Online Pick: Philadelphia Flyers
Rangers vs. Flyers NHL Betting Online Score Prediction: Flyers 4, Rangers 2
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