Facing each other for the fourth and final time this year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders clash at the Barclays Center in a divisional showdown. MSG Plus 2 will air the game, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Odds
Philadelphia (-160) is currently the favorite over New York (+140), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
Philadelphia is 40-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 79 regular season matches, 42 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Flyers team is 20-20 SU on the road.
Philadelphia has converted on 19.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 29th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off only 75.8 percent of its penalties.
The Flyers, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 5.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Brian Elliott (22-19-7) has been the best option in goal for Philadelphia this season. If Philadelphia chooses to rest him, however, head coach Dave Hakstol may turn to Petr Mrazek (15-23-8), who has a .903 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average this year.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Flyers. Giroux (95 points) has tallied 29 goals and 66 assists, and has recorded multiple points 25 times. Voracek has 19 goals and 63 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 49 games).
On the other bench, New York is 32-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 48 of its contests have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 17-22 SU at home this season.
The Islanders have converted on 23.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Islanders skaters have been whistled for penalties only 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jaroslav Halak has stopped 29.2 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Islanders. Halak has 19 wins, 34 losses, and six OT losses and has registered a fairly-weak .906 save percentage and 3.24 goals against average this season.
John Tavares (34 goals, 47 assists) will pace the attack for the Isles.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under
- Philadelphia is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-3 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in three of New York’s last five games.
- Five of New York’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 1-4 overall in those games.