Philadelphia Flyers (22-18-2-4) vs. New York Islanders (18-17-5-3)
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Lines: Philadelphia +110 / NY Islanders -130
Having returned from their 5-day break, the Philadelphia Flyers (5th in Metropolitan Division) are playing their second game of a back-to-back set against the New York Islanders (8th in Metropolitan), who will host the visitors just 23 hours after squaring off against Los Angeles…
The Flyers get back to work
The return from their bye week will throw the Philadelphia Flyers (22-18-6) straight back into some serious action, with their third straight weekend back-to-back schedule planned for Saturday (vs. the New Jersey Devils) and Sunday (vs. the New York Islanders). The Flyers have already played 12 back-to-backs this season so far, going 7-3-1 in Game 1s and 6-3-2 in the following outings. They have 36 games left to play during the regular season, with 27 of them against the Eastern Conference, including 20 versus their own Metropolitan Division. Jakub Voracek is coming into the weekend as Philadelphia’s top point-guy with 13 goals and 28 assists. Wayne Simmonds, meanwhile, is the top goal-scorer with 18 markers on 34 points.
The Flyers are likely to rotate their goalies for the upcoming back-to-back set. Steve Mason was 14-15-6 for the year before the game against New Jersey with a 2.95 GAA and 7-2-3 against the Islanders with a 2.14 career GAA. Michal Neuvirth, meanwhile, had gone 6-3-0 for the current campaign with a 3.30 GAA and has a 7-2-1 record versus the Isles with a 1.76 GAA. The Flyers were entering the weekend, sitting 17th in the league with 50 points from 46 games and an 8-12-3 road record. They were scoring the 12th highest quantity of goals per game (2.76), conceding the 3rd highest amount on the defensive end (3.12). Philadelphia’s power play was the 6th best in the NHL with a 22.6% success rate, while its penalty kill ranked 19th with 80.4% efficiency.
The Isles have done well lately
The New York Islanders (18-17-8) are following their first game under new coach Doug Weight, the convincing 3-0 win against the Dallas Stars at Barclay Center on Thursday, with a back-to-back weekender, which will see them host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, with Philadelphia Flyers checking in just 23 hours later. The Isles recorded three wins in their past four games, entering Saturday, after losing three in a row between Jan. 6-11. John Tavares was cruising into the weekend as the top scorer with 18 goals and 34 points. Josh Bailey was leading in assists with 23 helpers on 29 points.
Jean-Francois Berube (0-2-1 for the year with a 3.14 GAA) was set to start against Los Angeles, so Thomas Greiss will step between the sticks in the meeting with Philadelphia. He is 12-7-2 for the season with a 2.29 GAA and 2-2-1 against the Flyers with a 2.62 career GAA. The Islanders were 3rd from the bottom of the league before Saturday with 44 points from 43 games and six points off a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. They were averaging the 8th highest number of goals scored per game (2.84), allowing the 9th highest amount on the defensive end (2.91). New York’s power play was the 2nd worst in the NHL with a 12.8% success rate, while its penalty kill ranked 18th with 80.5% effectiveness.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Flyers last 4 games playing on 0 days’ rest.
- Under is 4-1-2 in Flyers last 7 vs. Metropolitan.
- Under is 5-2 in Islanders last 7 overall.
- Under is 5-2-1 in Islanders last 8 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation.
Although just half of their previous 10 head-to-head meetings finished with 5 goals netted or less, this one doesn’t look like a high-scoring fixture. Both will be coming into the game barely 24 hours after difficult contests, so will be keen to protect the net as much as anything. The Flyers have scored just 9 regulation goals in their past five outings (1.80 per game), while allowing just five in their past four games against the Isles (1.25 per game)…