New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/24/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-108) Flyers (-115)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena on Monday in Game 1 of their series. The Islanders open this matchup at -108 while the Flyers are coming in at -115. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Islanders cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. The Flyers cover 56.3% of the time, going 36-28 straight up.
The Islanders went home feeling good about their game by earning a 4 - 0 victory against the Capitals in their previous contest to close the series out. The Islanders had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the win. In the game, they scored on 4 of the 17 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those tries. New York earned 4 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 25 and the Corsi against was 57 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 30.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 21 while the Fenwick against sat at 32, giving them a rate of 39.6%. They took 18 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 75.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 123.1 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Washington Capitals tallied a total of 21 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
So far this season, New York has converted a total of 189 goals which is 13th in the East and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -1, ranking them 19th in the NHL. The Islanders currently have a total of 80 pts, which is 14th in the NHL and 9th in the East. in respect to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,016 which is 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL. As a team, New York has collected a total of 1,839 hits which has them averaging 27 per contest. They currently have a total of 980 blocks for this season. The man in net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played 2,517 mins defending the goal for the season. Varlamov is surrendering an average of 2.62 GAA which puts him at 11th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's given up 110 goals. He has a save percentage of .914 which puts him at 12th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Flyers squared up with the Canadiens in a matchup where the Flyers took home the win by a final score of 3 - 2 to clinch the series. Philadelphia earned a 29.2% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 26 while they conceded a Corsi of 63. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 32.3% by earning a Fenwick of 21 and the Canadiens having a 44 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Philadelphia played and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 121.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 80.6%. The Flyers netted 3 goals of the 17 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this game but were not able to net one. Regarding their opponent, the Canadiens had 2 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Philadelphia gave way to 33 shots on goal and the Canadiens racked up a total of 8 penalty mins.
When it comes to goal differential, Philly is currently ranked 3rd in the East and 4th in the NHL with +36. They currently have a total of 227 goals for the year which has them ranked at 7th in the East. Philadelphia has a save percentage as a team of .903 which currently has them sitting 16th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% which is good for 4th in the East. In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.42 goals against average and that has him ranked 5th among East goaltenders and 9th in the NHL. In the 2,356 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he's given up 95 goals. He has a save percentage of .914, which has him sitting 10th among East goaltenders and 24th in the NHL.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (-108)
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