Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - 2/28/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Rangers (35-24-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (36-20-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -165 / New York Rangers +149 --- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers meet Friday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 32 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 23 assists and Jacob Trouba has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 79 goals on 906 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 12 straight games.
The Philadelphia Flyers look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 22 goals, Sean Couturier has 36 assists and Claude Giroux has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 78 goals on 769 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 86 goals on 949 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games and 7-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Flyers are 24-9 in their last 33 games as a home favorite, 30-12 in their last 42 games as a favorite and 20-8 in their last 28 home games. The over is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 road games. The over is 6-0-1 in Flyers last 7 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers probably should be favored, as they're playing great hockey, have the rest advantage and have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Rangers. However, we've been riding the New York Rangers a lot during this winning stretch and continue to blindly back them in the underdog role, and all they keep doing is winning games. Things like this eventually come to an end, but until the tickets stop cashing, there's no point to bet against the New York Rangers and the hot hand.