Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers odds, picks and prediction

Apr 17, 2021; New York, New York, USA; anne Kuokkanen #59 of the New Jersey Devils holds back Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-7) and New York Rangers (23-17-6) begin a Thursday-Friday back-to-back with a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at Madison Square Garden. Below, we analyze the Flyers-Rangers odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Flyers have fallen into sixth in the East Division by going 8-13-4 since March 6. They lost back-to-back games on home ice coming into Thursday, including a 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Islanders Sunday.

The Rangers are fifth in the East and just outside of the playoff picture to begin this set. They had a four-game win streak snapped by a 6-1 loss to the Isles Tuesday.

The head-to-head season series is tied 3-3. Both teams have two regulation wins and a victory in extra time. Philly won 2-1 on home ice March 27 in the most recent clash.

Flyers at Rangers: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:50 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Flyers +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Rangers -165 (bet $165 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Flyers +1.5 (-165) | Rangers -1.5 (+140)
  • Over/Under: 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

Flyers at Rangers: Projected starting goalies

Brian Elliott (11-6-2, .892 SV%, 2.93 GAA) vs. Igor Shesterkin (13-10-3, .920 SV%, 2.43 GAA)

Elliott was charged with the overtime loss to the Islanders despite stopping 27 of 28 shots. He allowed 6 goals on 32 shots in a loss to the Washington Capitals the game before. He is 2-1-0 in four games against the Rangers with a .842 save percentage and 3.90 goals against average.

Shesterkin had a three-start win streak snapped in the blowout loss to the Islanders. He’s 5-1 in his last six outings on home ice and owns a .921 SV% and 2.42 GAA through 14 games at MSG. He’s 1-2-0 with a 3.06 GAA in three games against the Flyers but with a strong .925 SV%.

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Flyers at Rangers: Odds, lines, predictions and picks


Rangers 4, Flyers 2

Money line (ML)

The Flyers took the most recent head-to-head meeting by a narrow 2-1 margin but that was on the heels of back-to-back losses to the RANGERS (-165) by an aggregate score of 17-3.

New York has been the better team for the bigger part of the season and has more motivation to chase down a playoff spot.

Shesterkin also gets the edge in the goaltending battle based on his splits on home ice and against the Flyers.

Back NEW YORK (-165).

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Against the spread (ATS)

Four of the six head-to-head meetings this season were played within a single goal with the Flyers holding a 3-1 record in those contests.

The 9-0 and 8-3 Rangers victories in the latter half of March are the anomalies, but the Rangers enter in much better form. Each of their last four wins, all as moderate-to-heavy favorites, was by a multi-goal margin.

Back the RANGERS -1.5 (+140) to win by at least 2 goals.

Over/Under (O/U)

Slight lean to the UNDER 6.5 (-115) based on Shesterkin’s strong play on home ice and in this season series.

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