The Philadelphia Flyers are hitting the road in the hopes of finding their game. They lost three times to the Washington Capitals last week with a shootout win against the Sabres in the middle.
The Flyers have been shooting themselves in the foot recently and that needs to end. Goaltending is also becoming a main storyline again at the worst possible time.
The Flyers and Rangers kick off a two-game set tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Projected lines and pairs
Carter Hart is in net tonight against the Rangers.
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Betting odds and trends
- The Flyers are -125 favorites against the Rangers, who sit at +105 odds.
- The total for the game is set at 6.
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- Flyers are 11-1 in their last 12 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Flyers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York.
- Flyers are 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.
- The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings
What to watch for
1. Hart gets the start
The Flyers starting their young, No. 1 goalie in a random game in the middle of March shouldn’t be something to watch for. But it is. Hart has struggled mightily this season.
Hart is 6-6-3 on the season with a .887 save percentage and 3.60 goals against average. He is 2-4-2 with a .874 SV% in his last nine games, including allowing two goals on 33 shots in a shootout loss to the Rangers.
The Flyers need Carter Hart to get back on track and provide a solid presence in the crease.
2. Can Flyers stop beating themselves?
This point may look familiar. It’s the same one as we had for Saturday’s game against the Capitals. The Flyers are digging themselves into early deficits and it is costing them.
The Flyers need to figure things out, clean things up defensively, and support the puck. They can’t wait for things to happen and react to them. They need to be the ones making things happen.
3. Start the road trip the right way
This is a big four-game road trip in New York for the Flyers. They play the Rangers twice and then the Islanders twice. The Flyers will also be in the second half of a back-to-back in the first game against the Islanders while they will be rested. Getting at least two points is crucial against the Rangers, and the Flyers really need to sweep the two-game set to get back on track.
But you can only win one game at a time.
The Flyers and Rangers are set for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Monday night.
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