Nassau Coliseum is playing host to an intriguing tilt as the Philadelphia Flyers square off against the New York Islanders. This divisional matchup gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27 and it will be televised live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Odds
New York (-140) is currently favored over Philadelphia (+120), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).
The Islanders are 7-3 straight-up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 3.5 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 48-34 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 10 games this season, four have gone under the total, while four have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 4-2 SU at home this year.
New York enters the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 33.3 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, New York has been penalized just 3.3 times per game this season, a number that’s pretty close to the 3.3 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 7.8 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 8.2 minutes per matchup this year.
Boasting a .931 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Thomas Greiss (4-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Islanders this year. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Semyon Varlamov (3-2-2 record, .921 save percentage, 2.42 goals against average).
Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey will each lead the offensive attack for the Islanders. Nelson (nine points) has tallied four goals and five assists and has recorded two or more points on four separate occasions this year. Bailey has four goals and four assists to his name and has notched at least one point in five contests.
Philadelphia has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 5-4 straight up (SU). Through nine regular season outings, five of its games have gone under the total, while three have gone over and none have pushed. Philadelphia’s 1-3 SU as a road team this season.
Philadelphia’s scored on 28.6 percent of its power play chances this year after converting on 17.1 percent of its extra-man opportunities last season (a mark that was ranked just 23rd in league-wide). The team’s gone from successfully defending 78.5 percent of opponent power plays (ranked 26th overall last season) to 82.8 percent in 2019-20.
Philadelphia’s players have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, a number that is fairly close to the 3.7 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 7.4 minutes per matchup this year.
Brian Elliott (23.8 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott owns a 3-2 record, and has registered a .915 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.
Travis Konecny (five goals, seven assists) will pace the offensive attack for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over
- For both of these clubs, the total has gone under in three of their past five games.
- The Islanders are 7-2 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Flyers are 3-0 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
- Philadelphia has scored 3.6 goals per game overall this season, but has raised it up to 5.7 per match up over their three-game winning streak.