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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - 3/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 12:30 PM (EDT)
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Flyers -188 / New York Rangers +159
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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

The New York Rangers will look to build on a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st period with a pair of goals :27 apart but New York would tie it up with a pair of goals of their own 1:20 apart from Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich. The game would head to the 3rd all square at two before Jimmy Vesey gave the Rangers the lead for good and Chris Kreider added an empty-netter to seal the deal and secure the win for the Rangers in the end. Alexandar Georgiev got the win to improve to 12-13-3 after stopping 44 of 46 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound after ending up on the wrong side of a 5-2 loss to Carolina last time out. Claude Giroux opened the scoring just after the midway point of the opening period, but the lead wouldn’t last as Carolina tied it just a minute and a half later and took the lead just :21 after that. The score would stay 2-1 through the rest of the 1st and the entire 2nd period. Carolina made it 3-1 after the midway point of the 3rd, and Oskar Lindblom would cut the deficit back to 3-2, but that’s as close as the Flyers would get as the ‘Canes added a pair of goals to secure the victory and send Philadelphia back empty-handed. Cam Talbot took the loss, falling to 11-16-3 after allowing 3 goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.

New York is 17-35 in their last 52 games overall and 18-45 in their last 63 road games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference and 10-3 in their last 13 games as a favorite while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 home games. New York is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The loss on Saturday officially eliminated Philly from playoff contention. Now the Flyers have to play on the end of a back-to-back, drained after the heartbreak of having their season ended, going up against a Rangers team that’s stepped up their play lately in the role of spoiler. Sure, the Rangers would hurt some draft stock with a win here, but I’m not laying this kind of juice with a Flyers team that has nothing to play for anymore. I’ll take a stab at the Rangers and the plus money in this one.

New York Rangers +159

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