Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders Prediction, 3/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+105) Islanders (-125)
Brian Elliott and the Philadelphia Flyers (14-9-3) go to Barclays Center on Thursday where they'll take on the New York Islanders (19-7-4). The Flyers open this matchup at +105 while the Islanders are coming in at -125. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Flyers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 5-4 victory over the Rangers in their last outing. The Corsi for the Flyers came in at 32 and the Corsi against was 44 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 42.1%. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 56.3% and they had a PDO of 93.6 for this game. Philadelphia amassed 12 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Flyers had a good offensive output in the win. Their Fenwick came in at 29 and the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick rate of 48.3%. They earned 31 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 19 attempts to control the puck. In addition, they had 5 chances with the advantage and were able to net 2 goals. For the matchup, they scored on 5 out of the 30 shots they attempted.
In reference to their scoring, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned 87 goals (12th in the National Hockey League) this year and have given up 85. For the season, the have a total of 31 points and their points percentage comes in at .596. Philadelphia has 92 power play chances and they have tallied 19 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 20.65%. While at even strength, the Flyers have conceded 64 goals while scoring 68 on offense. Philadelphia has taken 729 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.9%. The Flyers have had 777 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .891. Philadelphia Flyers opponents have tallied 81 power play opportunities (24th in professional hockey) and have come away with 21 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Brian Elliott. Elliott has been in goal for 485 games during his NHL career. He has a record of 248-149-47 and he was named the starter in 440 games. The opposition has notched 1,119 goals against Elliott in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.50. Elliott has seen 12,636 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 11,517 total saves. His save percentage currently sits at .911 in his 26,802 mins on the ice. During his career on the ice, Elliott has earned 242 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .550.
In their last game, New York went up against the Capitals in a matchup where the Islanders took the loss by a tally of 3-1. Their PDO was 95 and they earned an oZS percentage of 52.4%. They had 2 attempts on the power play in this game and scored 1 out of those tries. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 52.2% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Capitals earning a 32 Fenwick. The Islanders converted 1 goal of the 22 shots on goal they were seeking. New York wound up with a 56.7% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that New York had and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game.
New York has attempted 897 shots (9th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.48%, while allowing the other team 820 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 80.82% on the other teams 73 power play chances, and their save percentage currently comes in at 92.0%. They have earned 83 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 20.48%. The Islanders have earned 68 goals at even strength and 17 goals (19th in hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 66 goals to be scored by way of 52 goals at even strength and 14 goals while they were shorthanded. During this campaign, the New York Islanders have earned a total of 85 goals, 42 points, as well as a points percentage of .700.
For the opposition you are going to see Semyon Varlamov protecting the goal. He has gathered 14,136 saves out of the 15,435 shots taken against him, which gives him a save percentage of .916. Varlamov is the owner of a career record of 245-188-59 and has been in goal for 514 contests. He has been a starter 491 contests and has accumulated 29,459 minutes. Varlamov's percentage of quality starts is 56.0% and he has 275 quality starts in his NHL career. His opposition is averaging 2.65 goals/game and he has yielded 1,299 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+105)
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