Beefed-Up Rangers Favored
The New York Rangers look to take a 3-0 series lead on the season over the hapless Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night when they make the short trek from the Big Apple to Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love.
The game is the first for New York since acquiring longtime Chicago Blackhawks stalwart and Future Hall of Famer Patrick Kane. The Rangers completed the deal for Kane on Tuesday, but he will not be available for this pivotal Metropolitan Division showdown.
Admittedly, the NHL betting markets are cornered with the Rangers wholeheartedly. Ranked third in the Metropolitan frame, New York has a 21-point lead over rival Philadelphia, which sits seventh in the division standings. More importantly, however, the Rangers are only nine points back of the pace-setting Carolina Hurricanes in the race for the division title.
As the season enters the home stretch, every game becomes a must-win game if New York wants to hold its place among the playoff contenders, never mind the division title race. Head coach Gerard Gallant is sure to stress the importance of this game and keeping their foot on the pedal.
Between the Rangers’ solid form and the Flyers’ woes, this looks like a straightforward matchup on paper for the visitors. But where is the value bet? On the moneyline? Puckline? Or total?
New York is 34-17-9 on the season with 77 points from 60 games. They’re 6-3-1 in their last 10 games but, at the same time, they have just one win in their last five games.
The Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at home. The game had everything from back-and-forth action, penalties, skirmishes, injuries and, even, goalie changes.
The New York Rangers got off to a flying start. Alexis Lafreniere opened the scoring, putting his side up 1-0 at 14:00 in the first period. Then Vincent Trocheck scored twice in the second to give the Rangers a commanding 3-0 lead before the halfway mark.
Although the Kings came back with two goals to close the gap to 3-2 at the start of the third period, the Rangers quickly responded. Artemi Panarin scored for the Rangers less than a minute later to nudge the Rangers 4-2 ahead. Then, Mika Zibanejad’s power-play goal re-established the Rangers’ three-goal advantage at 5:26 in the third period.
— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2023
Philadelphia is 23-28-10 with 56 points from 61 games. The Flyers are ranked seventh in the Metropolitan Division and 12 points clear of bottom-placed Columbus Blue Jackets.
Form in their last 10 games stands on a subpar 2-7-1 mark. The Flyers have just one win in their last eight games and ride a three-game losing streak ahead of Wednesday’s date with the Rangers.
Most recently, the Flyers were left reeling by a 7-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Before the game started, head coach John Tortorella decided to give Cam York the night off to reset after a poor spate of games. As well, James van Riemsdyk was given the night off to regroup after the Flyers were thrashed by the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Friday night..
From start to finish, the Flyers were outclassed, outshot, outmuscled and outhit. All in all, it was a forgettable night that was marked by turnovers, sloppy play and ineffectiveness in the neutral zone that hurt the Philadelphia Flyers.
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) February 26, 2023
Rangers vs Flyers Game Injuries
Rangers vs Flyers Head-to-Head
New York is 7-2-1 versus Philadelphia over the last 10 meetings and the under has cashed in seven of these 10 games at the betting online exchange. Separately, the Flyers have a 3-6-1 record over this period.
The Rangers take a 2-0 series lead into Wednesday’s clash at Wells Fargo Center. They beat the Flyers 1-0 at home on Nov. 1, 2022. Then, on Dec. 17, they romped to the 6-3 victory in Philadelphia.
Rangers vs Flyers Game Information
- Game: Rangers (34-17-19) vs Flyers (23-28-10)
- Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
- Day/Time: Wednesday, March 1, 7:37 p.m. ET
- Rangers vs Flyers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Rangers vs Flyers Betting Lines
Rangers vs Flyers Picks and Prediction
These two sides couldn’t be headed in more opposite directions if they tried. The Rangers are playoff-bound and the moves they’re making in the transfer window are a clear sign of intent.
While Kane will not make his New York debut until Thursday against Ottawa, the veteran is a prolific scorer and is sure to add another dimension to the Rangers’ offense. It will also see him reunited with former Chicago teammate Panarin.
This was always going to be a mismatch that favored the Rangers. However, betting them on the moneyline (see breakdown below) isn’t the value bet here, even though it has a high probability of winning.
The value is on the puck line where the Rangers are tipped on a -1½ line and juiced to +125. Given the Flyers’ offensive and defensive woes, as highlighted by their 7-0 shutout loss – their fourth shutout of the season – to the Devils, one has to consider that they are there for the taking.
For those looking to bet the moneyline, here’s the betting online breakdown:
New York is listed at -210 in our Vegas NHL lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Rangers, there’s a chance to win $45. Philadelphia is +175, with a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives New York a 68.75% chance to win, with the Flyers at 36.36%.