New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 9/3/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (50-26-7) at New York Islanders (45-25-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Islanders -115 / Philadelphia Flyers -105 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders meet in game six of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to force a game seven after making it a 3-2 series with a 4-3 overtime win over the Islanders last time out.
The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Mathew Barzal pushed the Islanders in front 1:20 into the second period. Claude Giroux tied the game at one for the Flyers with just over four minutes to go and James van Riemsdyk gave Philly the lead just 2:33 after that. The lead held into the third where Matt Niskanen pushed it to 3-1 Philadelphia, but Brock Nelson would pull one back for the Islanders with over four minutes to play in regulation and Derick Brassed would tie it up at 3-3 1:33 after that. The game would head to extra hockey, but Scott Laughton ended it with a deflection goal 12:20 into the first OT period, giving Philadelphia the win and keeping their season alive.
Carter Hart got the win after stopping 29 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort in net for the Flyers while Semyon Varlamov took the loss for the Islanders after giving up 4 goals on 32 shots in defeat.
Philadelphia is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall and 3-11 in their last 14 conference semi-final games while the under is 11-1 in their last 12 games following a win. New York is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games. Philadelphia is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve gone back and forth on this one as the Flyers have battled but a lot of this series has seen the Islanders battle adversity and fall short, which leads me to think they don’t want to put themselves in that position again. I think it’s do or die for the Islanders here, as Philadelphia would have all of the momentum going into game 7 with a win here and I think New York knows the position they’re in here. This is a game that I’m probably just going to sit back and enjoy watching rather than betting it, but give me the Islanders to close it out one more time.