The Philadelphia Flyers need to turn things around sometime. Why not tonight? They host the New York Rangers for the first of a two-game set at home.
The Flyers have lost three straight games for the first time this season. The Rangers, on the other hand, have won two straight and three of their last four, starting with their 9-0 win over the Flyers.
Projected lines and pairs
Flyers forward lines
Alain Vigneault is sticking with the same healthy forward group but has mixed up the lines.
Flyers defensive pairs
Flyers starting goalie
Carter Hart is back in net for his second straight start.
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Betting odds and trends
- The Flyers are +110 underdogs against the Rangers (-130). The total is set at 6.5 goals.
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- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite.
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rangers are 5-11 in their last 16 games following a win.
- Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- Flyers are 1-9 in their last 10 games as an underdog.
- Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rangers are 3-11 in the last 14 meetings.
- Rangers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia.
- Favorite is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
What to watch for
1. Morin back on defense
Samuel Morin, in all likelihood, will return to the lineup tonight. He transitioned to the forward position in training camp but will be back on defense tonight.
Morin hasn’t panned out as a prospect, but there’s still a chance for him to show that he can be a solid bottom-pair defenseman. He’ll get a crack at that tonight.
2. Is it already too late?
The Flyers couldn’t pull it out against the Islanders and fell flat against the Devils the next night. The Flyers have now lost three games in a row.
Tuesday night was the first of five straight winnable games for the Flyers. They now have two against the Rangers and two against the Sabres. Winning three of the next four is an absolute must if the Flyers want any chance of making the playoffs. If not, it may already be too late.
3. A chance for redemption
The Flyers got absolutely embarrassed in their last game against the Rangers. They gave up seven goals in the second period en route to a 9-0 loss. It was their worst loss in quite some time and they haven’t really recovered from it yet.
This two-game set gives the Flyers a chance to bounce back and they should have some revenge on their mind.
The Flyers and Rangers are set for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop on Thursday night.
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