Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (17-14-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (20-11-5)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -176 / New York Rangers +159 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers meet Monday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New York Rangers need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 20 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 15 assists and Jacob Trouba has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 57 goals on 647 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 46 goals on 540 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. James van Riemsdyk leads Philadelphia with 12 goals, Travis Konecny has 21 assists and Jakub Voracek has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 45 goals on 462 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 50 goals on 571 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games. 

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The Rangers are 7-16 in their last 23 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-7 in their last 8 Monday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 8-0 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 overall. The under is 5-1 in Flyers last 6 Monday games. The Rangers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Neither the Rangers or the Flyers can keep the puck out of the back of the net right now, but each of the last five meetings between these clubs have produced five or less goals. In fact, the last two meetings produced a combined four goals. I'm not backing a struggling Rangers team on the end of a back to back, and I'm certainly not laying that juice with a Flyers team struggling defensively and not able to string wins together. I'll ride history and side with the under on a high total.

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