In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers clash at the Wells Fargo Center for a divisional tilt. Sportsnet will broadcast the action, which gets going at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, November 24.
New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Philadelphia enters the matchup as the favorite with a moneyline of -130. The line for New York sits at +110 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
New York is 12-9 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.8 units this year. 13 of its matches have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. As an away team in 2017-18, the Isles are 5-7 SU.
New York has converted on 21.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.
The Isles, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.7 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over its last five games total, and 3.8 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .906 save percentage and 30.6 saves per game, Thomas Greiss (7-4-2) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If head coach Doug Weight decides to rest him, however, New York might turn to Jaroslav Halak (5-6), who has a .896 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average this year.
The visiting Islanders have relied on Josh Bailey and John Tavares this season. Bailey (26 points) has tallied five goals and 21 assists, and has recorded multiple points eight times. Tavares has 15 goals and 10 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 10 games).
Over on the other bench, Philadelphia is 8-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. 11 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 4-7 SU at home this season.
The Flyers have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Flyers skaters have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game in total this season, 4.4 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 8.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Brian Elliott (26.1 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Flyers. Elliott has six wins, 10 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a pedestrian 2.71 goals against average and a poor .908 save percentage this season.
The home team offense will be led by Jakub Voracek (seven goals, 20 assists).
New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
- Over New York’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
- The Islanders are 4-2 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Flyers are 4-7 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
- New York is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 0-2 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in three of Philadelphia’s last five outings.
- Philadelphia has put up just 1.8 goals per game (while allowing 3.5) over its six-game losing streak.
- Philadelphia has averaged 10.6 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.7 giveaways per game (ranked 18th in the league).
- New York has averaged 6.4 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.6 giveaways per game (ranked 23rd overall).