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Flyers vs. Rangers: Projected lines, odds & trends, and three questions

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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.

James van RiemsdykSean CouturierTravis Konecny
Claude GirouxKevin Hayes – Joel Farabee
Oskar LindblomNolan PatrickJakub Voracek
Michael RafflScott LaughtonNicolas Aube-Kubel

Flyers defensive pairs

Samuel Morin took out the Flyers’ frustration on Brendan Lemieux on Thursday night and will remain in the lineup. Erik Gustafsson and Nate Prosser are healthy scratches.

Ivan ProvorovJustin Braun
Travis SanheimPhilippe Myers
Samuel MorinShayne Gostisbehere

Flyers starting goalie

Brian Elliott will be in net to start Saturday’s game. He made eight saves on 11 shots in relief of Carter Hart on Thursday night.

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

Follow us on Twitter (@PhillyHockeyNow) and keep an eye out for lineup updates as we get closer to game time.


Betting odds and trends

via Covers

  • The Flyers are +115 underdogs against the Rangers (-135). The total is set at six goals.

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Rangers trends

  • 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.

Flyers trends

  • 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.

Head-to-head trends

  • 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.

WATCH: Sam Morin takes out Flyers’ frustration on Brendan Lemieux in 8-3 loss

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.

Gilbert: Fletcher, Flyers need to preserve dignity in lost season

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.

Photo Credit: Heather Barry Images

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for NHL.com and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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