Rangers vs Flyers Picks and Predictions for February 18

Updated: February 18, 2021

The Flyers will count on Sean Couturier to buoy their shorthanded lineup tonight as they try to knock off some rust and top the struggling Rangers.

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NHL betting has been tricky with the ongoing pandemic continuing to throw teams into a state of constant upheaval. 

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t played in more than 10 days due to health & safety protocols decimating their lineup, but will return to the ice on Thursday night as they host the New York Rangers.

Can the Flyers jump right back into the thick of things with a win against the slumping Rangers? We let you know what we think with our best free Rangers vs Flyers picks and predictions for Thursday, February 18, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m. ET. 

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers betting preview


Rangers: Artemi Panarin LW (Probable), K’Andre Miller D (Questionable), Jacob Trouba D (Out), K’Andre Miller D (Out), Filip Chytil C (Out), Jack Johnson D (Out).
Flyers: Travis Konecny RW (Out), Scott Laughton LW (Out), Oskar Lindblom LW (Out), Jakub Voracek RW (Out), Justin Braun D (Out), Claude Giroux RW (Out), Morgan Frost C (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Rangers are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings between these Eastern Conference foes. Find more NHL betting trends for Rangers vs. Flyers.

The line opened with Philadelphia at -149, with the total at 5.5. Early action favored the Rangers, pushing this line close to a pick’em with the Flyers now the slimmest of favorites at -115. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Moneyline pick

It’s hard to trust a Flyers team that practiced for the first time in a week on Tuesday and is missing six key players (Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Jake Voracek, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, and Justin Braun) due to COVID-19 protocols.

That said, it might be even harder to trust the Rangers, who have lost four in a row and are currently ranked 27th in the league in scoring with just 2.36 goals per game. 

The Blueshirts haven’t been much better on the other end of the ice, surrendering the seventh-most high danger chances in the league in 5v5 play. 

That could be bad news against Philadelphia, who ranks third in the league with 3.54 goals per game. Although the Flyers will be without a handful of top skaters tonight, they played much of the year without alternate captain Sean Couturier who has been a force on both ends of the ice since returning to action. 

Philly certainly has plenty of depth and has dealt with shorthanded lineups before. The Flyers have also owned the head-to-head in recent years, winning nine of the last 10 meetings against the Rangers. We’re going with Gritty tonight and backing the Flyers.  

PREDICTION: Moneyline Philadelphia (-115)

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Over/Under pick

We mentioned the Rangers scoring woes but New York should get a big boost on offense with the return of leading scorer Artemi Panarin. The Rangers will take a step back on defense however with veteran blueliner Jacob Trouba ruled out for a month due to a broken thumb.

It’s also worth noting that prior to this recent losing streak, the Blueshirts had averaged a more respectable 2.9 gpg. They’re also seventh in the league in high-danger chances per 60 minutes, so they are generating offensive opportunities which bodes well for them against a Flyers team surrendering the second-most shots in the NHL. 

The Flyers have been one of the most impressive teams in the NHL when it comes to putting the puck in the net, converting on a league-high 13.6 percent of their shots. That said, No. 1 netminder Carter Hart has taken a step back after a sensational year in 2020, and has a 3.49 GAA this season. 

With the Flyers 9-4 to the Over this season, back it again on Thursday night. 

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-120)

Rangers vs Flyers betting card

  • Moneyline Philadelphia (-115)
  • Over 5.5 (-120)

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