KEY POINTS

  • Flyers are favored at home against Rangers on Friday
  • Flyers look to solidify a playoff spot
  • Rangers stay on target for a wild card position

The New York Rangers continue to be on a roll, winning nine of their last 10 games including a 5-2 win against Montreal on Thursday where they bucked a slow start to also notch their fifth straight victory. Their surge will be put on the line on Friday when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers, who are close to clinching a playoff berth and in the midst of a four-game winning streak that placed them back at third place in the Metropolitan Division.

New York Rangers

The Rangers are looking to complete resurrection from being initially disregarded for the postseason round. They have ultimately flipped their fortunes to make things interesting in the Eastern Conference wild-card race, pulling themselves to within two points from Columbus who currently sits at the last playoff spot in the conference. Mika Zibanejad has embraced his role as one of the Rangers’ reliables as he already matched his career-high in total goals of 30, which was set last season, with still a number of games to be played. Ryan Strome was in his bag last Thursday, chalking up two goals for his 17th and 18th of the season, and an assist to lift the team over the Canadiens. 

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers brushed off the Sharks on Tuesday in Philly, 4-2, to improve their home record to 22-5-4 while logging in their 13th win in 18 games. Confidence is key heading to Friday’s matchup against the Rangers as the Flyers easily ripped New York in their last meeting on December, 5-1. Kevin Hayes had two goals in the said match and he will be expected to provide quality minutes anew for the Flyers as he has been the benchmark for Philly which posts a 17-0-1 record whenever he scores in a match. Travis Konecny stays at the forefront of the club’s leaderboard in points, bragging 57 behind 22 goals and 35 assists. 

Odds and Trends

Philadelphia is placed with the upper hand in the latest NHL Odds, priced at -165 to win while the visiting Rangers are underdogs at +145.

The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and 7-0 in their last 7 games as a road underdog.

The Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and 24-9 in their last 33 games as a home favorite.

Over is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 games as a road underdog and 6-0-1 in Flyers last 7 overall.

Under is 7-1-1 in Rangers last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and  5-1-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) during the second period at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Oct. 28, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports