NHL Weekend Betting
Tonight in the first game in a home-and-home series the New York Rangers host the Philadelphia Flyers and if they win both games they are in the playoffs and if the Flyers win just one of the games they are in.
Philadelphia Flyers (40-34-6 86 pts) at New York Rangers (37-33-10 84 pts)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Rangers posted as the favorite at -150 with the Flyers at +130 with a total of 5.5 goals.
Philadelphia is in the eighth spot in the East only leading the ninth place Rangers by two points. Boston and Montreal only lead Philly by one point and New York by three points, but the Rangers and Flyers are in control of their own destiny.
This season New York is 17-17-6 at home and Philadelphia is 17-20-3 on the road.
New York is coming off a win and is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and Philadelphia has won two in a row, but is only 3-4-3 in their last 10 games.
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In their last games the Rangers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Wednesday night and the Flyers also beat the Maple Leafs 2-0 on Tuesday night.
The New York offense is not a high scoring one so there will be a lot of pressure on goalie Henrik Lundqvist (34 wins 2.40 GAA save percentage 92%) to have a good game. He and the New York defense will be facing a solid Philadelphia offense that ranks seventh in the league in scoring (2.83 goals per game).
The Flyers’ offense may get their leading goal-scorer Jeff Carter (33 goals) back tonight after missing time with an injury.
Philadelphia G Brian Boucher (8 wins 2.78 GAA save percentage 89.9%) has been up and won lately, but made 23 saves in the 2-0 shutout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Flyers defense, which is giving up an average of 2.71 goals per game, really has to key on the Rangers’ Marian Gaborik, who leads the Rangers in goals (41), assists (43), and points (84).
The season series between these two teams is tied at two games apiece.
Philadelphia is 2-8 in their last 10 road games, and New York is 4-1 in their last five games.
In the last seven meetings between the Flyers and the Rangers the total has gone Under five times.