The Philadelphia Flyers can wrap up a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win in their regular season finale against the New York Rangers. Philadelphia is currently slotted in as the No. 8 seed but does have room to move up with a win and some other favorable results.
The Flyers will be favored in their final game as they host the New York Rangers. New York has been eliminated from playoff contention and has not fared too well on the road this season. The Rangers will try to play the role of spoiler and capture the win to likely keep Philadelphia as the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.
This game could determine quite a bit in NHL hockey betting.
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The Flyers have gone 41-26-14 on the season and accumulated 96 points. Philadelphia is 21-13-6 in home games on the year and has a three-game winning streak heading into this one which has been a big help in stabilizing its playoff hopes.
The Rangers are 34-38-9 on the season and have registered 77 points. They are only 13-22-5 on the road this year and have only won two of their past 10 contests in regulation.
2. That’s how many points separate the Flyers from three teams ahead of it in the standings. The only way Philadelphia misses the playoffs is if it loses the finale and the Florida Panthers win their final two games of the year.
All those things seem unlikely to happen, and the Flyers will instead be focusing on moving up rather than simply making the postseason. The New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets are currently sitting at 97 points on the season, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have 98.
The four teams are each down to one final contest this year. Philadelphia would love to leapfrog some of those teams and finish with a better seeding. The only way that is possible will be by winning this matchup against the Rangers.
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Mats Zuccarrello -- The Rangers don’t score a ton of goals, as they currently sit 18th in the NHL with an average of 2.8 per game. They hope to get on the board early in this one to have a chance to pulling the upset.
The right-winger could be a big part of that push. Zuccarrello has accumulated 52 points on the season, including 36 assists. He has been one of the most consistent players on the team and will aim to either score a goal and find an open man to record an assist.
If the Rangers can’t create good chances consistently in this one it will be hard for them to pull off the upset.
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The Flyers still have a lot to play for and get this one on their home ice. It remains to be seen if they can move up in the standings, but they should be able to record a victory to punch their ticket into the postseason if that berth is not clinched earlier.
The Flyers may not be long for the postseason because they will face a good team but a win in this one over the Rangers will at least get them there in NHL playoff betting.
NHL Odds: Flyers 3, Rangers 1
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