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In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders clash at the Barclays Center for a Metro Division matchup. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, and you can catch it live on MSG Network.

Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Odds

New York (-135) is currently favored over Philadelphia (+115), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over). Netting moneyline bettors 2.8 units, New York is 11-9 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division so far this season, is fairly close to what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (41-41). Of the teams 20 games this season, 12 have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 6-2 SU at home this season. The Islanders have converted on 20.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all penalties. As a team, the Islanders have been penalized just 3.8 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over their past five matchups total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for just 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall. Averaging 30.2 saves per game with a .904 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (6-4-2) has been the best goalkeeper for the Isles this year. If head coach Doug Weight decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Jaroslav Halak (5-6-6 record, .896 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average). The Isles will continue relying on leadership out of Josh Bailey and John Tavares. Bailey (23 points) has put up four goals and 19 assists and has recorded two or more points on eight different occasions this year. Tavares has 15 goals and eight assists to his credit and has notched a point in nine contests. On the other bench, Philadelphia is 8-13 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 21 regular season outings, 10 of its games have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and just one has pushed. The Flyers are 4-6 SU as the visiting team this season. The Flyers have converted on 18.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully defended 76.3 percent of all opponent power plays. Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their last five games total, and 3.8 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to defend opponent power plays 10.4 minutes per contest over their last five road games. Brian Elliott (.910 save percentage and 2.63 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott is averaging 25.5 saves per game and owns a 6-9-3 record. For the visiting Flyers, the offense will run through Jakub Voracek (six goals, 20 assists) and Sean Couturier (12 goals, 10 assists).

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Predictions: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • New York is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 0-2 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of New York’s last five outings.
  • Philadelphia’s attempted 32.9 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 32.8 in its last 10 games.
  • Over New York’s last ten outings, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).