Philadelphia (23-19-6) at NY Rangers (31-16-1)
When: Wednesday, January 25th 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The New York Rangers look for their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. New York was winless at home this month before Monday’s 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned away 36 of 38 shots to register his third straight victory, allowing only four goals in that stretch. He had allowed 16 goals in his previous three appearances during a five-day span. Mats Zuccarello extended his point streak to six games on Monday with his first goal in 16 contests. New York, which won twice at Philadelphia this season, looks to extend its winning streak to five games in the series. Lundqvist has dominated the Flyers with a 33-13-4 record and four shutouts. The Rangers are sitting comfortably in the seventh spot in the East, just two points behind Pittsburgh for sixth. This will be their final game before the All-Star Break.
This will be the first of a back-to-back for Philadelphia before they break for the All-Star Game as they will host Toronto Thursday. Madison Square Garden has not been kind to the Flyers, who have won only once in their last 12 visits to New York. Philadelphia did end another drought Sunday in Brooklyn, defeating the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime to snap a nine-game skid (0-7-2) away from home. Captain Claude Giroux halted a 12-game goalless drought by recording the game-winner in overtime against the Islanders, but he has scored only six times in 43 meetings with the Rangers. Wayne Simmonds also scored for only the second time in 11 games, his team-leading 19th, to lift Philadelphia to its fourth win in 16 games since running off 10 straight victories. The Flyers have allowed the first goal in 10 of the last 11 games and are 0-for-14 on the power play in the past three games.
The Flyers needed a road win badly and got on the other night. They would like to end the first half on a high-note and I think their stars get it done tonight and put a few goals past Lundqvist for their second straight road victory.
Pick: Flyers +140