While the Tampa Bay Lightning is already in the Eastern Conference Finals, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers will play Game 7 on Saturday night to decide who will join them.
Will the Islanders escape their second straight second-round exit? Can the Flyers make it to the conference finals for the first time since 2010?
We bring you all need-to-know betting tips and trends for the final showdown between the Islanders and Flyers along with our best betting pick and the latest odds for Game 7, so let’s take a closer look.
The Islanders are coming in full strength, while the Flyers could miss Sean Couturier and Joel Farabee. Both these guys missed Game 6 and are questionable to play Saturday.
The Islanders are -120 moneyline favorites on Sugarhouse at the moment, while the Flyers are sitting at +110 odds to win straight up. The totals are set at exactly five goals on the vast majority of sportsbooks including BetAmerica.
What’s at Stake?
There’s no bigger game than this one, at least not at this point in the postseason. As I’ve mentioned above, the Flyers haven’t been in the conference playoffs since 2010 when they won the Stanley Cup.
On the other side, the Islanders have been waiting for the conference finals since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Islanders blew a 3-1 lead in this series which could damage their morale easily, especially after a couple of overtime losses. The Flyers have been on the brink of elimination for a while and could be at a better spot in Game 7.
This New York team under Barry Trotz leans on tough defense, but the Islanders fell apart in the previous two contests. They had a 3-2 and 4-3 lead in Game 6 and couldn’t hold on. Interestingly, the Flyers took 22 shots more than the Flyers last Thursday (53-31) and lost 5-4 in double overtime.
Semyon Varlamov has been a solid rock for the Islanders’ defense this postseason, but he’s surrendered nine goals over the last two outings. The 32-year-old goalie allowed five goals on just 31 shots in 95 minutes on the ice in Game 6.
Varlamov is 9-4 with a 2.00 GAA and a .921 save percentage this Stanley Cup. Thomas Greiss has guarded the cage twice in this series and won his lone start in Game 4, but I think the Islanders will stick with Varlamov.
On the other side, Carter Hart has been outstanding over his previous two showings. The 22-year-old goaltender posted 49 saves in Game 6, and he’s 9-4 with a 2.17 GAA and a .929 save percentage this postseason.
The Flyers average only 2.53 goals per game in 15 playoff games in 2020, while the Islanders tally 3.33 goals per contest in the same number of outings.
The Islanders won all their three matchups with the Flyers last regular season. They are 11-6 in the last 17 encounters with Philadelphia. However, I’ve got burned in Game 6, so I would pass the side bet in Game 7.
Instead of taking the winner, I will go with the under on the totals at +100 odds. The line is a tricky one at five goals, while the over is 14-3-1 in the previous 18 meetings between the Islanders and Flyers. Still, I expect to see a tough, physical battle and a cautious approach due to a massive stake.