Flyers vs. Islanders - 1/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (22-14-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-15-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / New York Islanders --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CSN
The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
The New York Islanders could use some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 15 goals, Kyle Okposo has 21 assists and Frans Nielsen has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and killing 85.8 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 44 goals on 568 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 45 goals on 628 shots. Halak has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers also could use a big win after splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power plays. Claude Giroux leads Philly with 12 goals, Jakub Voracek has 22 assists and Wayne Simmonds has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their power play chances. Steve Mason has allowed 64 goals on 713 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 36 goals on 547 shots. Mason has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 27-57 in their last 84 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan. The Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Islanders are 5-18 in the last 23 meetings in Philadelphia and 17-36 in the last 53 meetings overall.
Both teams continue to play inconsistent hockey but it's the Flyers who have beaten the Islanders in 36 of the last 53 meetings, which includes 18 of the last 23 meetings in Philly. Have to side with the home team here.