Philadelphia Flyers (48-24-7) at New York Islanders (43-25-10)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Islanders / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in game three of the NHL East Second Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a bounce back performance to take a 2-1 series lead. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with six goals, Josh Bailey has eight assists and Anders Lee has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 15 goals on 256 shots faced.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Voracek leads Philadelphia with four goals, Kevin Hayes has six assists and Claude Giroux has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 16 goals on 258 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 23 shots.
The Flyers are 36-17-1 in the last 54 meetings in New York and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 50-19 in the last 69 meetings. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
We've been on the New York Islanders for majority of their playoff run, as they've been one of the more consistent teams in the bubble with an efficient offense and a defense that doesn't budge much. However, the Philadelphia Flyers got a major boost by winning game two in overtime. I always say that overtime playoff wins are good for a game and a half, especially when these teams have to play on the end of a back to back. The Flyers get a major shot in the arm, and the Islanders are probably even more down in the dumps after making a comeback just to force overtime and still being on the wrong side. The Flyers have a lot of momentum right now and should have the edge in game three.