The Philadelphia Flyers play the New York Rangers again to close out a two-game set. The good news is that the Flyers have gotten better in their last two meetings against the Rangers. The bad news is that improvement is a 9-0 loss to an 8-3 loss.
The Flyers have lost four straight games for the first time this season. The Rangers, on the other hand, have won three straight and four of their last five, starting with their 9-0 win over the Flyers.
Projected lines and pairs
Flyers forward lines
Alain Vigneault is going with the same group and lines after another embarrassing loss.
Flyers defensive pairs
Flyers starting goalie
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Betting odds and trends
- The Flyers are +115 underdogs against the Rangers (-135). The total is set at six goals.
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- 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
- 1-10 in their last 11 games as an underdog.
- 0-5 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
- 7-0 in their last 7 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
- Rangers are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings.
- Rangers are 3-6 in the last 9 meetings in Philadelphia.
- Favorite is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings.
What to watch for
1. Flyers falling into the basement?
The Flyers and Rangers are tied for fifth place in the East Division. Each team has a 15-13-4 record for 34 points in 32 games. The winner of today’s game will take sole possession of fifth place with the loser falling into sixth place.
The Flyers were supposed to be one of the top five teams in the division, not one of the bottom three. A clear 5-3 split was expected prior to the season, but the Flyers have come up extremely short.
2. Will physicality carry over?
The Flyers ended Thursday night’s loss with a physical third period, including Sam Morin bashing Brendan Lemieux in a fight. It was good to see some fight out of the team, but you’d rather see it before the score is 8-3.
If the Flyers want to have any chance of turning things around, they need to start playing the right way and be a tough team to play against.
3. It can’t get worse, can it?
The Flyers lost 9-0 last week. They lost 8-3 last game. They’ve been outscored 21-5 in their last eight regulation periods against the Rangers.
The Flyers are normalizing giving up goals in bunches and that needs to stop immediately.
With two games against the Buffalo Sabres coming up, the Flyers risk falling into even further embarrassment if they can’t get back on track.
The Flyers and Rangers are set for a 1:00 p.m. puck drop on Saturday afternoon.
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