Flyers vs. Rangers 2017 odds: New York looking for its sixth straight payout against the Flyers

The New York Rangers are a perfect 5-0 in their last five games against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Rangers hope to pick up a sixth straight win over their division rivals this Wednesday night in New York.

New York is a -165 home favorite on Wednesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Flyers would pay +149 on a road upset.

Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves in New York’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, one night after shutting out the Detroit Red Wings with 21 saves on Sunday. Lundqvist has been uncharacteristically shaky this season, but if his recent form is a sign that he is back on track, it could spell bad news for opposing teams down the stretch.

The Rangers are having an excellent year on offense averaging 3.4 goals per game, and more consistency on the back end would make New York a legitimate contender this postseason.

Despite playing in the toughest division in the NHL this season, the Rangers are 7-2 in their last nine games against Metropolitan Division rivals per the OddsShark NHL Database.

Betting Line / Total: New York -165 / 5.5 Goals

Trend: New York is 5-0 in its last five games against Philadelphia.

Trend: The UNDER is 6-3-3 in the last 12 games between Philadelphia and New York.

Back in December, the Flyers ripped off a 10-game winning streak and looked to be well on their way to locking up a playoff spot. But since that run, Philadelphia has crashed back down to earth with a 4-9-3 record over its last 16 games with just one regulation win over that stretch.

Ranking 27th in the NHL in goals against with 3.1 per game, the Flyers can’t ever afford a night off on offense. Philadelphia has allowed four goals or more in five of its last six games.

Wednesday night’s total is set at 5.5 goals. The UNDER is 6-3-3 in the last 12 games between the Flyers and the Rangers.

The recent form of these two teams points to a sixth straight win over the Flyers for the Rangers this Wednesday. Steve Mason did have a strong performance in goal for Philadelphia last Sunday allowing only two goals on 38 shots, and he’ll need to stand on his head again in this one facing one of the league’s best offenses to give the Flyers a shot at the road upset.

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers

When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. ET

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City

Flyers at Rangers OddsShark Matchup Report

An oral history of Julian Edelman’s incredible Super Bowl catch, as told by Patriots players

HOUSTON ?? The catch that Julian Edelman made with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI was the football equivalent of almost spilling scalding hot coffee all over your computer, and then managing to keep the mug upright at the last minute. It was like opening your car door and realizing there’s a cyclist heading your way just in time to avoid door-ing them. Robert Alford tipped Tom Brady’s pass into the air while two other Falcons defenders encroached on Edelman. The ball landed on Alford’s leg, then Edelman caught it, a paper-thin margin separating it from the ground.

That play was the stuff of heart attacks, regardless of whether you were rooting for or against the Patriots ?? a moment of athletic prowess and some really good or bad luck. A roar erupted from the Patriots jersey-clad fans at NRG stadium as the challenge was overruled and the play call held. They clutched each other in disbelief as their team continued to gain the momentum that would ultimately allow them to come back from a 25-point deficit and win the 51st Super Bowl.

After the game, Patriots players were just as jazzed about the catch as fans were when it happened. They fielded questions about what Belichick said to them in the locker room at halftime and the Falcons’ offense with the typically vague answers athletes give at press conferences. But when asked about the catch, their faces lit up. They were clearly thrilled about the play itself, but they all seemed equally as thrilled that “Juls” was the one who executed it. Many compared it to the David Tyree catch in Super Bowl XLII that robbed the Patriots of their perfect season.

So, without further ado, here’s the oral history of Julian Edelman’s catch. With input from Edelman himself, of course.

Alan Branch: “Honestly, I didn’t think he caught it. You know, I’m not going back there yelling that he got it. And I didn’t think he got it, and once I saw that he actually caught it, I started going crazy. That was one of the better catches I’ve seen. That concentration that he had to track it down and put his hand up under it? He’s an elite receiver, an elite athlete for a reason.”

Patrick Chung: “Oh, [laughs] it was great, it took the air out of me a little bit. It’s a great catch, man. It’s a big time play, he’s a big time player, man, I love Juls. I came in with him and that’s my dude, so I’m happy for him.”

Chris Hogan: “Man, [laughs] I mean, that’s going to go down in history as one of the greatest Super Bowl catches, you know. I mean, Juls always makes plays for us, he’s a playmaker on our offense, and he’s a go-to guy. He found a way to catch that ball, I mean, it’s incredible. I watched it, I thought he caught it, so, you know, there’s not a doubt in my mind that he didn’t catch that ball. When I watched it live I thought he caught it.”

Rob Ninkovich: “Hah, wow, that was an amazing catch. Just the concentration, everything about it, he did a great job to get his hands underneath it, and it was an amazing play. One of many that got us to where we’re at right now.
Charlotte Wilder: “Did you feel it was a turning point?”
Rob Ninkovich: “I think Hightower’s sack fumble was the turning point.”

Danny Amendola: “Unbelievable [laughs] it was an awesome catch. I don’t know how he did it. Catch of the night!”
CW: “Was it a turning point?”
Amendola: “No question, it sparked the whole team. He’s a champ.”

Malcolm Mitchell: “Totally phenomenal. Julian is one of the best people I know, and obviously he’s one of the great Pats. He’s just been a leader the whole way. He gives me advice the entire way through. I thought he caught it. I’m a Pat, if he said he caught it, he caught it.”

LeGarrette Blount: “It was crazy, it was. I’ll probably never see a catch like that again.
CW: “Was it a turning point?”
Blount: “For sure, definitely. Juls always comes through and makes the play whenever we need it. He never fails, you know what I’m saying, he never fails. What we needed, no matter if it’s intentional, unintentional, he’s always going to make that play for us.”

Stephen Gostkowski: “It was insane, I mean, it was kind of reminiscent of the Tyree catch, and the guy from Seattle’s catch, and I’m glad that finally bounced our way this time. Julian’s the man. I mean, he’s an insane athlete, just the toughest competitor I’ve ever met.”

Chris Long: “It was like, you know, the funny thing is the first thing that popped into my head was Tyree, you know, as a fan of the game, and watching as a football player, that magic kind of reversed. And Julian’s such a great player, that’s where hard work and focus meets luck. And we deserved that luck, I think we deserved it. We work so hard and we’ve got great people.”

Dont’a Hightower: “That is the best catch that I’ve ever seen in person, hands down. I mean, I thought, I couldn’t even tell, but I was like he ain’t catch that. But that man’s incredible, man, Julian Incredible, that’s what they call him. I’m glad I’m so, so blessed for that catch.”

Julian Edelman: “You know, I made a decent play. I just tried to track [the ball] and hey, it was a bang-bang play. I knew I got it. I felt like I had it. I knew I had, like, a good feel on it. I didn’t know if any piece of the ball was touching but I ?? I didn’t know what the dang rule is, no one knows what the rule is for a catch is, but I was like, I think I got it, I’m pretty sure I got it.

“Then I was on to the next play. We had a lot more to do. I mean, we had to get a touchdown and a two-point conversion. ‘Dola made a big play coming up next, Sweet Feet [James White] made some big plays. Just a great, great, complementary game from all the guys. Malcolm, Hoges, just unbelievable.”

An oral history of Julian Edelman’s incredible Super Bowl catch, as told by Patriots players

HOUSTON ?? The catch that Julian Edelman made with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI was the football equivalent of almost spilling scalding hot coffee all over your computer, and then managing to keep the mug upright at the last minute. It was like opening your car door and realizing there’s a cyclist heading your way just in time to avoid door-ing them. Robert Alford tipped Tom Brady’s pass into the air while two other Falcons defenders encroached on Edelman. The ball landed on Alford’s leg, then Edelman caught it, a paper-thin margin separating it from the ground.

That play was the stuff of heart attacks, regardless of whether you were rooting for or against the Patriots ?? a moment of athletic prowess and some really good or bad luck. A roar erupted from the Patriots jersey-clad fans at NRG stadium as the challenge was overruled and the play call held. They clutched each other in disbelief as their team continued to gain the momentum that would ultimately allow them to come back from a 25-point deficit and win the 51st Super Bowl.

After the game, Patriots players were just as jazzed about the catch as fans were when it happened. They fielded questions about what Belichick said to them in the locker room at halftime and the Falcons’ offense with the typically vague answers athletes give at press conferences. But when asked about the catch, their faces lit up. They were clearly thrilled about the play itself, but they all seemed equally as thrilled that “Juls” was the one who executed it. Many compared it to the David Tyree catch in Super Bowl XLII that robbed the Patriots of their perfect season.

So, without further ado, here’s the oral history of Julian Edelman’s catch. With input from Edelman himself, of course.

Alan Branch: “Honestly, I didn’t think he caught it. You know, I’m not going back there yelling that he got it. And I didn’t think he got it, and once I saw that he actually caught it, I started going crazy. That was one of the better catches I’ve seen. That concentration that he had to track it down and put his hand up under it? He’s an elite receiver, an elite athlete for a reason.”

Patrick Chung: “Oh, [laughs] it was great, it took the air out of me a little bit. It’s a great catch, man. It’s a big time play, he’s a big time player, man, I love Juls. I came in with him and that’s my dude, so I’m happy for him.”

Chris Hogan: “Man, [laughs] I mean, that’s going to go down in history as one of the greatest Super Bowl catches, you know. I mean, Juls always makes plays for us, he’s a playmaker on our offense, and he’s a go-to guy. He found a way to catch that ball, I mean, it’s incredible. I watched it, I thought he caught it, so, you know, there’s not a doubt in my mind that he didn’t catch that ball. When I watched it live I thought he caught it.”

Rob Ninkovich: “Hah, wow, that was an amazing catch. Just the concentration, everything about it, he did a great job to get his hands underneath it, and it was an amazing play. One of many that got us to where we’re at right now.
Charlotte Wilder: “Did you feel it was a turning point?”
Rob Ninkovich: “I think Hightower’s sack fumble was the turning point.”

Danny Amendola: “Unbelievable [laughs] it was an awesome catch. I don’t know how he did it. Catch of the night!”
CW: “Was it a turning point?”
Amendola: “No question, it sparked the whole team. He’s a champ.”

Malcolm Mitchell: “Totally phenomenal. Julian is one of the best people I know, and obviously he’s one of the great Pats. He’s just been a leader the whole way. He gives me advice the entire way through. I thought he caught it. I’m a Pat, if he said he caught it, he caught it.”

LeGarrette Blount: “It was crazy, it was. I’ll probably never see a catch like that again.
CW: “Was it a turning point?”
Blount: “For sure, definitely. Juls always comes through and makes the play whenever we need it. He never fails, you know what I’m saying, he never fails. What we needed, no matter if it’s intentional, unintentional, he’s always going to make that play for us.”

Stephen Gostkowski: “It was insane, I mean, it was kind of reminiscent of the Tyree catch, and the guy from Seattle’s catch, and I’m glad that finally bounced our way this time. Julian’s the man. I mean, he’s an insane athlete, just the toughest competitor I’ve ever met.”

Chris Long: “It was like, you know, the funny thing is the first thing that popped into my head was Tyree, you know, as a fan of the game, and watching as a football player, that magic kind of reversed. And Julian’s such a great player, that’s where hard work and focus meets luck. And we deserved that luck, I think we deserved it. We work so hard and we’ve got great people.”

Dont’a Hightower: “That is the best catch that I’ve ever seen in person, hands down. I mean, I thought, I couldn’t even tell, but I was like he ain’t catch that. But that man’s incredible, man, Julian Incredible, that’s what they call him. I’m glad I’m so, so blessed for that catch.”

Julian Edelman: “You know, I made a decent play. I just tried to track [the ball] and hey, it was a bang-bang play. I knew I got it. I felt like I had it. I knew I had, like, a good feel on it. I didn’t know if any piece of the ball was touching but I ?? I didn’t know what the dang rule is, no one knows what the rule is for a catch is, but I was like, I think I got it, I’m pretty sure I got it.

“Then I was on to the next play. We had a lot more to do. I mean, we had to get a touchdown and a two-point conversion. ‘Dola made a big play coming up next, Sweet Feet [James White] made some big plays. Just a great, great, complementary game from all the guys. Malcolm, Hoges, just unbelievable.”

Henrik Sedin lovingly teases Roberto Luongo after scoring his 1,000th point on him

Henrik Sedin’s latest milestone was straight out of a storybook.

The Vancouver Canucks captain entered Friday night’s game against the Florida Panthers just one point away from hitting the 1,000-point mark. It took him a while, but he did it.

Early in the second period, Henrik and his twin brother Daniel Sedin broke in on a 2-on-1. Daniel dished the puck to Henrik, who put it home to hit 1,000. How fitting is that?

Even more fitting: the goal came against goalie Roberto Luongo, who was the captain of the Canucks before Henrik, and a longtime teammate of the twins.

The little face-wash Henrik gave Luongo was adorable.

Henrik is the 85th player in NHL history to hit 1,000 points in his career.

Henrik Sedin lovingly teases Roberto Luongo after scoring his 1,000th point on him

Henrik Sedin’s latest milestone was straight out of a storybook.

The Vancouver Canucks captain entered Friday night’s game against the Florida Panthers just one point away from hitting the 1,000-point mark. It took him a while, but he did it.

Early in the second period, Henrik and his twin brother Daniel Sedin broke in on a 2-on-1. Daniel dished the puck to Henrik, who put it home to hit 1,000. How fitting is that?

Even more fitting: the goal came against goalie Roberto Luongo, who was the captain of the Canucks before Henrik, and a longtime teammate of the twins.

The little face-wash Henrik gave Luongo was adorable.

Henrik is the 85th player in NHL history to hit 1,000 points in his career.

DeMarcus Cousins gives an emotional farewell to the people of Sacramento

DeMarcus Cousins didn’t have much time between finding out about his trade to the Pelicans and saying goodbye to Sacramento.

Boogie had to stop and collect his emotions while giving a tearful farewell. He was encouraged by reporters cheering, “We love you Boogie!”

His statement wasn’t about the team at all, just about the people of Sacramento.

“My love for this city will never change. Even though I’m gone it’ll still be the same. I’m still looking out for these kids. Every family in this city matters to me, every soul in this city matters to me. Everything’s the same, I’m just not in a Kings uniform anymore, which is OK because the love’s still here.

The Cousins trade is one that will go down in NBA history for its sheer awfulness.

After news of the trade came out, the Kings released a statement that seemed to criticize Cousins’ character, making a point to say, “Winning begins with culture and character matters.”

No matter what the front office may say, Cousins sure showed a lot of character in this press conference. Steph Curry thought so, too.

We wish you the best, Boogie.

DeMarcus Cousins gives an emotional farewell to the people of Sacramento

DeMarcus Cousins didn’t have much time between finding out about his trade to the Pelicans and saying goodbye to Sacramento.

Boogie had to stop and collect his emotions while giving a tearful farewell. He was encouraged by reporters cheering, “We love you Boogie!”

His statement wasn’t about the team at all, just about the people of Sacramento.

“My love for this city will never change. Even though I’m gone it’ll still be the same. I’m still looking out for these kids. Every family in this city matters to me, every soul in this city matters to me. Everything’s the same, I’m just not in a Kings uniform anymore, which is OK because the love’s still here.

The Cousins trade is one that will go down in NBA history for its sheer awfulness.

After news of the trade came out, the Kings released a statement that seemed to criticize Cousins’ character, making a point to say, “Winning begins with culture and character matters.”

No matter what the front office may say, Cousins sure showed a lot of character in this press conference. Steph Curry thought so, too.

We wish you the best, Boogie.

Dion Lewis injured himself on a fake kneel in the Super Bowl

The Patriots tried a trick play before going into overtime in the Super Bowl, and it ended up being pretty bad for the Patriots.

It wasn’t just because the Patriots didn’t score, which is fine, but it’s that Dion Lewis appeared to injure his ankle in the process. Lewis was being looked at by trainers on the sideline, and the injury looked like a pretty bad roll.

The Patriots ruled him questionable to return with the injury. He was seen walking around on the sideline with his helmet. So perhaps he’s OK.

Dion Lewis injured himself on a fake kneel in the Super Bowl

The Patriots tried a trick play before going into overtime in the Super Bowl, and it ended up being pretty bad for the Patriots.

It wasn’t just because the Patriots didn’t score, which is fine, but it’s that Dion Lewis appeared to injure his ankle in the process. Lewis was being looked at by trainers on the sideline, and the injury looked like a pretty bad roll.

The Patriots ruled him questionable to return with the injury. He was seen walking around on the sideline with his helmet. So perhaps he’s OK.

Former Cleveland Indians infielder Andy Marte killed in car crash

Former Major League Baseball player Andy Marte died in an automobile accident Sunday morning, according to MLB Trade Rumors and multiple news outlets in the Dominican Republic.

Marte, who was 33, was killed in the Dominican Republic, his home country. The news was confirmed via Twitter by J.M.G. Baseball, the agency that represented Marte.

Reports indicate Marte was traveling alone in the vehicle when the accident occurred:

His professional baseball career began in 2000 when he signed with the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent. From there, his stock began to climb as a prospect and he made his major league debut in 2005. The following offseason found Marte being traded to the Red Sox.

On Jan. 27, 2006, the Red Sox traded him to the Cleveland Indians along with reliever Guillermo Mota, catcher Kelly Shoppach, Randy Newsom, and cash considerations and obtained center fielder Coco Crisp, catcher Josh Bard, and pitcher David Riske in return.

During his time with the Indians, Marte went .224/.281/.369 and hit 20 home runs over that span and had 92 RBI (stats via Baseball-Reference). In Feb. 2009, Marte was sent down to the AAA Columbus Clippers, an affiliate of the Indians. There he played in 82 games and hit .327 with 18 homers.

After his stint with Cleveland, Marte ended up moving around the league as he shuffled through time with the Pirates, Angels, and Diamondbacks. In 2014, Marte signed with the Korean Baseball Organization and the KT Wiz, where he spent the past two seasons.