Tuesday NHL odds: NY Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have been one of the NHL’s big disappointments this season and sat in last place in the Atlantic Division. If the team has any hopes of reaching the postseason it must start winning now. The Rangers, meanwhile, currently hold the No. 8 spot in the East but also have vastly underachieved. Both teams have dropped two straight.
New York lost 3-2 in a shootout against the Capitals on Sunday. Arron Asham and Derek Stepan had New York’s goals in regulation and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots. With the point, New York moved up one position in the congested Eastern Conference. They have 33 points, one more than the Carolina Hurricanes, who have played one less game. The Rangers are 28th in the league with 2.26 goals per game, and dead last in the Eastern Conference.
Marian Gaborik found himself back on the third line Sunday night with center Brian Boyle and left wing Taylor Pyatt while recently recalled Chris Kreider earned a promotion to the first, where he skated with center Brad Richards and Rick Nash. New York has surrendered the first goal of the game in 20 of its 31 games this season. The Rangers are 7-11-2 when allowing the first goal this season, compared to 8-2-1 when scoring first. The Rangers have struggled on the road this season, going 5-7-1, compared to 10-6-2 at home. 11 of the team’s remaining 17 games are away from Madison Square Garden.
Philadelphia lost 2-1 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Sunday. Claude Giroux scored his 10th goal of the season late in the second period for Philadelphia, but the Flyers couldn’t make it hold up on a night they played without forward Danny Briere and defenseman Nicklas Grossman. Briere sustained an upper body injury in practice on Saturday and is out indefinitely. Briere has appeared in the lineup for the last 26 games, missing only the first four games of the season with an injured wrist. He has 13 points (5g-8a) in 26 games.
New York won two of three meetings this year. The Rangers have outscored the Flyers 41-18 in taking 10 of 11 from their Atlantic Division rivals. New York took the most recent meeting 4-2 on March 5, which started a 2-5-1 stretch for Philadelphia. The Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov has gone 1-7-0 with a 3.70 GAA in his last eight starts against New York.
WagerWeb.com trends: Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 Tuesday games. Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. Rangers are 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia. Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.