The NHL is back on Saturday as the New York Rangers will face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Rangers head into this game after a 2-1 away loss to the Islanders. On the other side, the Flyers celebrated a stunning 4-3 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
New York Rangers Form
This season was not a good one for the Rangers. They had serious challenges on the offensive end of the ice this year, especially in the second part of the season.
Their recent 2-1 loss at the hands of the Islanders, just showed that the Rangers simply cannot score this year. The Rangers recent stats show that they have scored only 12 goals over their last six games. Their form stands at 12-28 in their last 40 games.Moreover, their away form stands at 13-27 and they have averaged 2.60 goals per game and have allowed 3.33 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive end of the ice, New York’s form has been below average so far as they are placed on the 19th spot in the league in scoring at 2.81 goals per game converting on 21.2% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, the Rangers has been in poor form as they are ranked 27th in goals allowed, letting in 3.19 goals per game, letting the opposing teams convert on 18.4% of their chances.
The Flyers have a great chance to secure their place in the postseason. All they need to do is to beat the Rangers and they will head for the playoffs. The Flyers go into this game in a good form as they have now won six of their last 10 games. Getting a win in this game will also build momentum for the postseason. The Flyers home form stands at 21-19 for the year and they have averaged 3.00 goals per game and have allowed 2.92 goals per game in those games.
The Phillies had a poor form so far this season as they go into this game placed on the 12th in the league in scoring at 3.01 goals per game, converting on 20.5% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, their form has been average as they are placed on the 17th spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 2.91 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 24.3% of their chances.
This is a very important game for the Flyers. They need to win this game as it will secure a playoff spot for them. On the other side, the Rangers do not have much to play for. Yet, I feel that they are relieved from the pressure so I expect them to give a good game and challenge the Philadelphia team. However, I believe that the Flyers will want to finish the job and to avoid waiting for the Panthers for their postseason spot. I go for the Flyers to win this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers today on 4/7/2018 is: Take the Philadelphia Flyers -245 (money line bet)
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