Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-7) at New York Rangers (23-17-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -141 / Philadelphia Flyers +128 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Philadelphia Flyers need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Farabee leads Philadelphia with 15 goals, Jakub Voracek has 25 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 20 goals on 192 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed 58 goals on 539 shots.
The New York Rangers look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 19 goals, Adam Fox has 36 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 62 goals on 772 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 37 goals on 379 shots.
The Flyers are 5-16 in their last 21 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 11-3 in Flyers last 14 overall. The over is 7-1 in Rangers last 8 home games. The Flyers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. The favorite is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers continue to pile up the losses and their inability to cash tickets in the underdog role makes them even less attractive. The New York Rangers have been head and shoulders the better team this season and they've played their best hockey at home. Yes, the Flyers have won three of the six meetings this season against the Rangers, but it will take more than that for me to back them here. This price is fairly cheap. Give me the Rangers on their home ice.