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Flyers and Rangers Go the Distance – Play Game 7 Wednesday Night
There wasn’t a whole lot of time to dissect Philadelphia’s 5-2 Game 6 win to stay alive on Tuesday night – the teams are back at it in the clincher Wednesday night at MSG.
Philadelphia (45-33-2-8) at NY Rangers (48-34-3-3)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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Broadcast: NBCSN, RDS, TSN2, CSN-PH, MSG
Series Tied 3-3
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The Rangers were the better team in the first five games of the series but Game 6 was totally different – the Flyers hit their stride and dominated the Rangers in ever aspect of the game.
But the series shifts back to New York where the Rangers have won all five Game 7s in their history and where New York has defeated the Flyers nine of the last 10 meetings.
The Flyers finally put it all together on Tuesday night and brought the physical brand of hockey many expected in their opening round series. In turn they totally took the Rangers out of their game. Wayne Simmonds was the difference Tuesday scoring a greasy hat trick and receiving 12 penalty minutes along the way.
He was tough and he was determined – just like we expected from the Flyers the entire series. Claude Giroux scored for the second straight game on Tuesday and the supporting cast played their best 60 minutes of the playoffs so far.
As expected goaltending played a huge part in Philadelphia’s Game 6 win. When Steve Mason plays well, the Flyers generally come out on top. When Mason struggles the Flyers are often on the losing end. Well, he made 34 saves Tuesday and the Flyers won after making just 18 of 21 saves in Game 5 – a game that the Rangers lost.
Mason has struggled at MSG however – he is 0-2-1 with a 3.85 goals-against average in four career games there.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of panic among the Rangers as we head into Game 7 – Game 6 was simply a bad effort in every aspect. Henrik Lundqvist was pulled in Game 6 after surrendering four goals on 23 shots – something that likely won’t happen again… for a long time!
The struggling Rangers power play was stuck in neutral yet again Tuesday. The Rangers are 0-for-16 in the last four games with the man advantage after going just 3-for-28 in the first three games. The Rangers generated just four shots on five opportunities last night – something that is going to have to change if they hope to have success tonight.
Some more production from Rick Nash would be nice as well – he has yet to score in the series and is pointless in the last three games!
Brad Richard has been very good in the series especially on home ice and Martin St. Louis was conspicuously quite on Tuesday night – something I think will change Wednesday.
Dave’s FREE NHL Betting Prediction
A few trends to consider:
• Over is 23-5-3 in PHI last 31 road games.
• Over is 17-6-4 in PHI last 27 vs. Metropolitan.
• Over is 38-17-6 in PHI last 61 overall.
• NYR are 10-2 in their last 12 Wed. games.
• NYR are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. Metropolitan.
• Under is 14-6-3 in NYR last 23 home games.
• PHI are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in New York.
• Home team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers appear to have finally figured a few things out in their series with the Rangers – they got back to the physical, power brand of hockey that has been a staple in the City of Brotherly Love. But the Flyers have struggled to say the least in the last couple of years as MSG.
I expect a huge statement from King Henrik in this one – my guess is that he steals the show and the Rangers do enough in front of him to claim victory.
The Rangers deserve a better fate than a Game 7 date with the Flyers – they finally finish their pesky foes off Wednesday night.
Pick: New York Rangers