New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Rangers vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+159) Flyers (-176)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (16-14-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) go to Wells Fargo Center on Monday where they'll meet the Philadelphia Flyers (20-11-5, 5th in the Metropolitan Division). The Rangers open this contest at +159 while the Flyers are priced at -176. The total opens at 6.5. The Rangers are covering 47.1% of the time, having gone 16-18 SU. Philadelphia covers 50.0% of the time, going 16-16 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 16 wins and 14 losses, ranking them 7th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 108 goals which has them ranked at 11th in the Eastern Conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -2, ranking them 20th in the league. The Rangers currently have a total of 36 pts, which has them ranked at 24th in the league and 13th in the Eastern Conference. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 989 which has them ranked at 15th in the conference and 30th in the league. As a unit, New York has collected a total of 672 hits which means they are averaging 19.8 per game. They currently have a total of 421 blocks for the year. The goalie for New York is Henrik Lundqvist from Fussen, West Germany. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,093 mins in net for the season. Lundqvist is conceding 3.13 goals per game which has him ranked 24th in the East and 50th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has given up 57 goals. His save % is .912 which has him ranked 13th in the East.
The New York Rangers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 6 - 3 defeat against the Toronto Maple Leafs the last time they stepped on the ice. The Rangers had an average offensive output in this loss. For this matchup, they finished 3 of the 22 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. New York ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 55 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 40.9%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 44, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 41.3%. They earned 20 face-off wins and lost 22 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 37.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 98.9 in this one. Concerning opponent stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a total of 40 shots. They had 6 penalty mins and they earned 3 power play chances.
The Flyers are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 20 wins and 11 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the East and 8th in the NHL with +12. They have compiled a total of 112 goals for the year which is good for 10th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has a team save percentage of .904 which currently has them ranked 17th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 9.7% which is good for 10th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.33 goals against average and that ranks him 5th among East goalies and 10th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,287 minutes he has been on the ice, he has allowed 50 goals. He has a save % of .912, which ranks him 12th among East goalies and 28th among goalies in the NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers opposed the Ottawa Senators in an outing where the Flyers ended up with the win by a final of 5 - 4. For this matchup, Philadelphia went home with a 56.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 58 while the opposition had a Corsi of 44. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 58.9% with a Fenwick of 43 and the Senators ending the game with a 30 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Philadelphia had and they looked good in this game. They had a PDO of 97.5 and their oZS percentage was 55.4%. The Flyers notched 5 goals of the 38 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play attempts in this one and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. In discussing their opponent, the Senators had 4 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Philadelphia conceded 34 shots on goal and the Senators ended up with a total of 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-176)
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