NHL Games Feature Kings at Penguins and Flyers at Rangers

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are attempting to gear up for the stretch run as they prepare to defend their Stanley Cup title. They have a key nationally televised affair this week when they host the Los Angeles Kings.

Another game of note features the Philadelphia Flyers traveling to face the New York Rangers. Both of these teams are jockeying for position in a jumbled Eastern Conference playoff race. There is a lot on the line as the regular season inches toward its finish, and both home teams the Penguins and Flyers hope to take care of business this week to improve their standing.

Let’s look at the two games in more detail on NHL odds.

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Los Angeles Kings at Pittsburgh Penguins

Date and Time: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Kings at Penguins TV Coverage: TSN

The Penguins only have the fifth-most points in the East but have gone 7-2-1 in their past 10 games as they look to be finally ramping up. Pittsburgh only has a goal-differential of plus-8 on the season but certainly has the talent to play with anyone.

The Kings need a strong finish in order to make the postseason in the Western Conference. They currently sit at 65 points, which is one point outside of the final spot in the conference. There is still much to be determined but Los Angeles would be really well-served to pull off an upset in this matchup.

Key Stat

26.3. That’s the Penguins’ percentage on the power play this season, which is the best mark in the NHL. Pittsburgh has many talented players capable of putting the puck in the net and will aim to take advantage when it is on the power play.

On the flip-side, the Kings have done a really nice job killing the power play, allowing goals only 16.4 percent of the time. The team that wins this battle will have a big leg up in the outcome.

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Los Angeles is a decent team but shouldn’t be able to keep up against a superior foe on the road. The Penguins are starting to find their groove, and look for that to continue in this one. Pittsburgh is the right choice and it should be able to claim this victory by multiple goals.

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Kings at Penguins Score Prediction: Penguins 4, Kings 2

Philadelphia Flyers at NY Rangers

Date and Time: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 12 p.m. ET

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

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Flyers vs. Rangers TV Coverage: NBC

The Rangers need to catch some teams ahead of it in the standings, and a win here at home over Philadelphia would be a big boost. Even though Philadelphia has more points, this should line up as a competitive matchup.

The Flyers were dealt a blow recently when goalie Brian Elliott had core muscle surgery, which will keep him out for several weeks. Philadelphia will likely be the underdog seeing as it will roll with backup goalie Michal Neuvirth for the foreseeable future.

Key Stat

Five. That’s how many goals the Rangers scored against the Flyers the first time these two teams faced off on January 16th. New York got off to a fast start in this first contest, taking a 3-1 lead after the first period before adding another goal in each of the final two periods. Rick Nash had two of those goals for New York and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finished with 25 saves in a solid defensive showing for the Rangers.

Flyers vs. Rangers Free Picks

New York might not score that many goals this time around, but it should still be able to grab the victory. The Flyers have surprised many with a strong showing this season but may stumble moving forward without Elliott. This would be a nice win for New York and expect it to secure the victory.

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Flyers vs. Rangers Score Prediction: Rangers 3, Flyers 2

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