Currently riding a three-game winning streak, the New York Islanders (2nd in East Division) will remain on own ice to host the Philadelphia Flyers (6th in the East), who have managed to win just three of their last 10 contests.
Flyers Lose Third In FourThe Philadelphia Flyers (18-15-5) were beaten for the third time in their past four fixtures (1-2-1) after following up Monday’s 3-2 overtime road triumph at the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 setback against the same team at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. After the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the opening frame, Jakub Voracek (6 goals, 31 points this year) and Shayne Gostisbehere (6 goals, 12 points) both netted in the following frame to tie the proceedings at 2-2, only for the Bruins to break the tie with a shorty midway through the final third, adding an empty-netter 23 seconds from time. The Flyers have now lost seven of their past 10 outings (3-5-2).
Goalie Carter Hart stopped 22 shots on Monday to take his current performance status to 8-10-4 for the season with a 3.88 GAA and a .871 save percentage. He has registered a 2-3-1 past total against the New York Islanders with a 3.94 GAA and a .862 save percentage, while Brian Elliott (10-5-1 on the year with a 2.92 GAA and a .890 save percentage) has gone 9-2-8 versus the Isles historically with a 2.61 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The Flyers are 13th in most goals scored per game this season (2.97), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.55), 21st in power play (19.2%) and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill (72.8%).
Isles Triumph In Third StraightThe current winning run of the New York Islanders (25-10-4) stretched out to three contests after the team blanked the Washington Capitals with a minimal count of 1-0 at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday. The Isles failed to convert on two power-play chances, but killed both of their penalties and outshot the visitors 39-29, including 20-10 in the third period, when Brock Nelson (14 goals, 23 points this year) tallied the only marker of the game, scoring with 6:55 remaining on the clock. Josh Bailey (6 goals, 24 points) picked up an assist to record his 500th NHL point. With the win, New York has now gone 16-1-2 on its own ice this season.
🧱 Varlamov 🧱— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 7, 2021
Check out some of Varlamov’s 2️⃣9️⃣ saves last night ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JI11X9SHPP
Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves on Tuesday for his fourth shutout of the year and 31st of his NHL career. He has posted a 16-7-3 total for the ongoing campaign with a 2.17 GAA and a .922 save percentage, and is 7-3-2 versus Philadelphia historically with a 2.83 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Ilya Sorokin (9-3-1 for 2020-21 with a 2.21 GAA and a .914 save percentage), meanwhile, has gone 3-0-1 against the Flyers previously with a 1.90 GAA and a .934 save percentage. The Islanders are 14th in most goals scored per game this season (2.95), 3rd in least goals conceded on average (2.28), 22nd in power play (18.9%) and 11th in penalty kill (80.6%).
Philadelphia (according to Covers.com)
- Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Flyers are 2-6 in their last 8 meetings with Islanders in New York.
NY Islanders (according to Covers.com)
- Islanders are 9-1 in their last 10 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Philadelphia is the only team that has notched a regulation victory against the Islanders in New York this season, with the Isles going 16-0-2 in their other 18 domestic fixtures this year. Still, the current struggling form of the Flyers, with the team having managed to record just three wins on the past 10 overall occasions, does not infuse a lot of confidence. Philadelphia has huffed and puffed its way through busy schedules lately, losing the most recent four outings played on the last night of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario and has collected eight defeats in its last 10 matchups against teams with a winning record. Apart from being super solid on own ice, the Isles, on the other hand, have been masters in taking advantage of teams struggling on the offensive side of the ice, banking nine victories in their previous 10 fixtures versus opponents that have scored no more than two snipes in their prior assignment.
Full-Game Total Pick
This series has been filled with goals lately, with 17 of the last 25 overall matchups between the Islanders and the Flyers, and six of their previous nine head-to-head encounters in New York all delivering a ton of markers. Twelve of the past 17 domestic contests of the Isles have also ended on the high-scoring side, while a whopping 15 of the previous 20 overall fixtures of Philadelphia have all delivered quite a substantial amount of strikes, averaging no less than 7.73 tallies per encounter. So, do bank on this one to go over the total once again!