Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (25-10-4) vs Philadelphia Flyers (18-15-5)

Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -182 / Philadelphia Flyers +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound from a 4-2 loss to Boston in their last matchup. James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek each have a team-high 31 points with van Riemsdyk logging 13 goals and 18 assists while Voracek has a team-high 25 assists. Joel Farabee has a team-high 14 goals while Claude Giroux has 30 points with 11 goals and 19 assists. Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes each have 11 goals and double-digit assists as well this season. As a team, Philadelphia is averaging 3 goals per game on 29.9 shots per game with a 19.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.6 goals on 28.8 shots with a 72.8% success rate on the PK this season.

The New York Islanders will be out to build on a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Isles in scoring with 34 points including 13 goals and 21 assists while Nick Leddy has 25 points with a team-high 24 assists this season. Brock Nelson leads the Isles in goals with 14 goals this season while Jordan Eberle has 25 points with 13 goals and 12 assists and Josh Bailey has 18 assists this season. As a team, New York is averaging 3 goals per game o 29.2 shots with a 19.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.3 goals on 27.4 shots with an 80.2% success rate on the PK this season.

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Philadelphia is 3-7 in their last 10 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 games a a road underdog while the over is 15-5 in their last 20 games overall. New York is 20-7 in their last 27 games overall and 42-17 in their last 59 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 12-4-1 in their last 17 home games.

I get the case that could be made for either side here as the Flyers have the potential to spring the upset, while the Islanders are the better team playing better hockey right now. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. I think this is a traditional Flyers-Islanders matchup that’s hard-hitting and physical and goals will be tough to come by here. Give me the under in this one.

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