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After coming away with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blueshirts travel to the otherside of Pennsylvania where they will conclude a four-game road trip (1:00PM on MSG). 

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Previous Game

The Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Wednesday night. Jonathan Quick was in the net for the Blueshirts and he continued his strong play to open the season. With 32 saves, Quick recorded his second shutout of the season and improved his personal record to 5-0-1 as a member of the Blueshirts

Alexis Lafreniere recorded the lone goal of the game just over five minutes into the game with a topshelf backhanded shot on a breakaway. The breakaway came on a turnover by former Rangers’ prospect Ryan Graves. 

Rangers vs Flyers

New York will now turn their attention to Philadelphia for the first game in the league on Black Friday. Many predicted the Flyers to be near the basement in the Metropolitan Division, but through Thanksgiving they found themselves in fourth place and just one point back of both the Capitals and Hurricanes for second place. 

One reason for the good start is starting netminder Carter Hart. Hart is 6-4 on the season with a .915 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against average. 

The other reason for their surprising start is getting key scoring contributions from players who perhaps entered the season with lower expectations. Travis Sanheim is off to the best season of his career as he has 16 points in 19 games to open the season. The defender’s 16 points is the most on his team to start the season. Sanheim’s career high in points is 35 in a single season. 

22-year-old Bobby Brink is another player who is having a great start to the season. Brink has ten points in 15 games to open the season. The former University of Denver product has played in just 25 career games in the league as he starts his first full season in the National Hockey League (NHL). 

The rest of the Flyers core including Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Joel Farabee, Owen Tippett, and Cam Atkinson all are having fine offensive starts to the season. Each of the five players have at least 13 points on the season. 

Mika Zibanejad recorded the lone assist on Wednesday night and the Rangers will be hoping that can spark his offense at even strength. Philadelphia is a team that Zibanejad has had a lot of success against in his career including a stretch of twelve points in five consecutive periods appearances against the Flyers during the 2020-2021 shortened season.

One area the Rangers are doing much better in this season is at the faceoff dot. New York is currently winning 54.8% of faceoffs which is second in the league behind the Penguins. The last time the Rangers finished better than 20th place in faceoffs was during the 2012-2013 season. Each of the Rangers centers currently in the lineup are over a 50% win rate including Vincent Trocheck at 62.5% and Nick Bonino at 56.4%. 

The Blueshirts will be playing the first of 1PM back-to-backs which will start in Philadelphia and end with a home game against the league leading Boston Bruins on Saturday. Expect Quick and Igor Shesterkin to split the two games. If Quick gets the nod on Friday, this will be the first time this season the Connecticut native will start back-to-back games when Shesterkin has been healthy. 

The bet of the night: The bet of the night is for the Rangers 60 minute line at +100. With the Blueshirts playing a back-to-back it is essential they get in and out of Philly and not prolong the game if they can avoid it. They also have good odds at +100 which will double a $5 bet into $10.

Last bet: The last pick was for Lafreniere to record over 1.5 shots on goal which hit easily. The $5 bet won $7.85 for a win of $2.85. 

Current record: 6-3

Current Money Total (Based on $5 bets) – We are up $32.15 on the season

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