Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders - 9/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (50-26-7) at New York Islanders (45-25-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Islanders -119 / Philadelphia Flyers -103 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in game six of the NHL East Second Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders look to advance to their first conference finals for the first time since the 1992-93 season with a victory here. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.29 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with seven goals, Josh Bailey has 13 assists and Anders Lee has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.86 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 23 goals on 325 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed three goals on 59 shots.
The Philadelphia Flyers need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Saturday. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.36 goals per game and are scoring on 8.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Voracek leads Philadelphia with four goals, Kevin Hayes has eight assists and Claude Giroux has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.29 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 25 goals on 353 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed five goals on 56 shots.
The Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win, 41-18 in their last 59 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The under is 12-3-2 in Flyers last 17 overall. The Flyers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New York and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers saved their season once with an overtime game five victory and usually I like backing teams in the playoffs that come off overtime wins. The issue here is that even in losses, the Islanders compete and force their opponent to work for it. I keep saying it, but outride of Vegas, the Islanders have been the most impressive team in the playoffs and a consistent club that I don't like betting against. I'd love to see a game seven, but I'm going to keep backing the Islanders until they give me a reason not to.