New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers - 8/26/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Islanders (43-25-10) at Philadelphia Flyers (48-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -120 / New York Islanders +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Wednesday in game two of the NHL East Second Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders look for another victory to take a quick 2-0 lead in this series. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with six goals, Josh Bailey has eight assists and Anders Lee has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 15 goals on 256 shots faced.
The Philadelphia Flyers need a bounce back performance to even up the series at 1-1. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Voracek leads Philadelphia with four goals, Kevin Hayes has six assists and Claude Giroux has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 16 goals on 258 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 23 shots.
The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 50-19 in the last 69 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
We've bene backing the New York Islanders for a while now, and they've done nothing but cash tickets. Outside of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Islanders have probably been the most impressive team up to this point with an explosive offense and a defense that's stingy with everything. A 4-0 victory in game one only increases the confidence I have in the Islanders, as this team is downright rolling. The Philadelphia Flyers are obviously capable of a bounce back performance, but I'll keep backing the Islanders, especially with even or plus money prices like this one.