New York Islanders (35-28-12) at Philadelphia Flyers (36-32-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 30, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -125 / New York Islanders +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL hockey comes to the City of Brotherly Love where the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders square off.
The New York Islanders need a strong finish to the regular season and some help if they are to secure the last Wild Card in the Eastern Conference with both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins ahead of them with the end of the season approaching quickly. The Islanders missed out on two points in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Nashville Predators on Monday. The NYI attack was held in check with Josh Bailey scoring their only goal but Thomas Greiss and his 28 stops needed a bit more help. The Predators offense received goals from Kevin Fiala, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen with Jusse Saros recording 24 saves to keep the team in third place in the Central Division with the St. Louis Blues right in their shadow.
The Philadelphia Flyers have their backs against the wall regarding the postseason as they have six games left on the schedule but have four teams ahead of them for the final Wild Card spot. The Flyers have picked up their game with wins in three of four after downing the visiting Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. Jordan Weal scored the only goal in the SO and it was his late tally in the third that tied the game at 2-2. Brayden Schenn also tallied for Philadelphia to make a winner of Steve Mason and more important; pick up two points and stay alive for another day. The Senators saw Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson score with Turris adding an assist while Craig Anderson absorbed the loss. The Sens trail the Montreal Canadiens by four points for the Atlantic Division lead.
The under is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and the Islanders are 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games while the under is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 overall. The Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and the under is 6-0-2 in Flyers last 8 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 8-1-1 in Flyers last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings while the Islanders are 13-39 in the last 52 meetings.
The under has done well in this rivalry and Philadelphia has been stellar as well so I lean the Flyers until goalies are announced…