It’s a Sunday afternoon match up when the faltering Philadelphia Flyers take on the playoff chasing New York Rangers in what could be another mishap for the Flyers.

It’s the Broadway Blueshirts' last road game of the regular season and lies ahead of three straight games at Madison Square Garden. There’s no better preparation for a home based playoff push than an away win over the team on top of the Eastern Conference. What’s more a win over Philadelphia would see the New York Rangers tie their team record of 24 road victories, set by the 1993-94 Stanley Cup championship team. 

Good time to take on the Flyers, especially in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia FlyersDespite the difference in the standings, this game is far from an easy pick, the Flyers' have recently been struggling at home, and their last five at the Wells Fargo Center reads 0-2-3. That’s no win since beating the (frankly rubbish) Oilers there on March 8. They have lost their last two games (to Atlanta at home and New Jersey away), and what’s more they only managed two wins from their last seven.

"We keep talking about being the top team in the league but we haven't played that way," Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "For sure we want to be the top team in the East, but right now we have to worry about ourselves and get our game in order. These four (remaining) games are huge for us. Going into the playoffs, we have to get our game back on track." 

If home form isn’t enough to worry the Philadelphia Flyers’ fans, they last time these teams met New York clocked up a 7-0 win over Philadelphia last month. Ranger Ryan Callahan was man of the night as he managed a career-best four goals and five points in that impressive victory.

I’m sure the Rangers would settle for a performance half as good that one, "This one was a team effort," said Henrik Lundqvist, after the 7-0 whitewash, (that saw him make 24 saves for his ninth shutout), "It felt like a playoff game in the first half. We need to build on this” The Rangers will also be smarting after their 6-2-derby loss at the hands of the Islanders. One thing the Rangers have done very well this season is bounce back from big losses with big wins. 

New York Rangers

Plenty at stake

The Flyers are desperate to stay ahead of the Capitals, their lead is now down to a single point (although the teams are tied on 78 games) the Rangers’ position as 8th in the Eastern Conference is even less secure as they are just two points ahead of Carolina, but the Hurricanes have that all important game in hand. When a team with everything to lose meets a team with everything to gain, expect a fired up and exciting match. 

The NHL odds with the sportsbooks are ebbing and flowing for this match so keep an eye on the SBR forum to stay up to date with the best odds. As for the picks I’m backing a high scoring and furious game, with a busy busy busy third period. Get your hard earned on a Rangers win and the game going over 5.5. 

Prediction: Rangers 4 Flyers 3