New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers - 9/5/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers - 9/5/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (45-25-13) at Philadelphia Flyers (51-26-7)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +105 / New York Islanders -128 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in game seven 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 3.33 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with seven goals, Josh Bailey has 13 assists and Anders Lee has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 20.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 28 goals on 356 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed three goals on 59 shots.

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The Philadelphia Flyers look to advance to their first conference finals for the first time since the 2009-10 season with a victory here. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.53 goals per game and are scoring on eight percent of their power play opportunities. Scott Laughton leads Philadelphia with five goals, Kevin Hayes has nine assists and Claude Giroux has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 29 goals on 406 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed five goals on 56 shots.

The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-9 in their last 11 Saturday games. The Flyers are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 14-5 in their last 19 games following a win and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The under is 12-4-2 in Flyers last 18 overall. The Islanders are 11-23 in the last 34 meetings in Philadelphia and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Philadelphia Flyers have saved their season with back to back victories and most would consider them having the momentum in this series. The Flyers entered the bubble as one of the hottest teams in the league and it looks like they've found their groove again with the offense catching fire in these last two contests. Still, I lean the Islanders, a team we've backed a ton up to this point and a club that has shown a balanced attack. This is also a game seven where defense and a more cautious pace usually rules, and I'd give the Islanders the edge in that style of game.

I've backed the Islanders so much to this point, I can't turn back now.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -128

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