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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (20-16-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (16-15-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -120 / New York Islanders +109 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The New York Islanders could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 24 goals, Josh Bailey has 38 assists and John Tavares has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 74 goals on 774 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 65 goals on 560 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three games.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Flyers also need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Jakub Voracek has 38 assists and Claude Giroux has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 84 goals on 945 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 21 goals on 247 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.

The Islanders are 0-6 in their last 6 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-11 in their last 16 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Philadelphia, 15-40 in the last 55 meetings and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

Neither team is playing the type of hockey you want to get behind right now, but you have to give the edge to the Flyers here if forced to pick. The Islanders haven't won a road game since December 4 and have been on the losing side in six of the last nine meetings against the Flyers. Those two trends alone make the Philadelphia Flyers and the cheap price the play here. However, there are obviously better bets on Thursday's NHL card.

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