Philadelphia Flyers (49-24-7) at New York Islanders (43-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Islanders -112 / Philadelphia Flyers +102 --- Over/Under: 5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday 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 3.36 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with seven goals, Josh Bailey has nine assists and Anders Lee has 39 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.73 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 18 goals on 266 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed one goal on 21 shots.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.36 goals per game and are scoring on 9.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakub Voracek leads Philadelphia with four goals, Kevin Hayes has six assists and Claude Giroux has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.09 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 19 goals on 292 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 23 shots.
The Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 1-9 in their last 10 Saturday games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The under is 11-2-1 in Flyers last 14 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The Flyers are 36-17-1 in the last 54 meetings in New York and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
The rest likely doesn't help the Philadelphia Flyers in this spot, as they were coming off an overtime victory and had a lot of the momentum, and they weren't able to build on that on the end of a back-to-back. The New York Islanders have been one of the more impressive teams in these playoffs and now their defense has fresh legs to get after it in a crucial game three. I believe the rest and shakeup in schedule hurts the Flyers. I'll side with the Islanders, a team that's been kind to us in these playoffs.