The Barclays Center is playing host to an enticing clash as the Philadelphia Flyers square off against the New York Islanders. This divisional matchup will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11, and it can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Odds
The Islanders are 32-22 straight up (SU) and have earned 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the league’s fifth-best so far in the early season, is right in line with what the team produced during last year’s regular season (48-34). Through 54 regular season matches, 28 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 17-11 SU at home this season.
New York’s converted on 19.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.2 percent of all penalties.
As a team, New York has been called for penalties 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 7.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
With a .915 save percentage and 25.8 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (17-16-4) has been the best option in goal for the Islanders this year. If they, however, decide to rest him, head coach Barry Trotz may go with Thomas Greiss (16-11-11 record, .920 save percentage, 2.55 goals against average).
Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Islanders. Barzal (45 points) has tallied 18 goals and 27 assists and has recorded two or more points 12 times this year. Nelson has 21 goals and 24 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 28 games.
On the other side of the rink, Philadelphia is 31-25 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. A total of 28 of its contests have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. Philadelphia’s 12-16 SU as the visiting team this season.
Philadelphia has converted on 19.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 3.4 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Carter Hart (.908 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Hart is averaging 22.3 saves per game and owns a 16-17-3 record.
Sean Couturier (15 goals, 34 assists) has been one of the top offensive playmakers for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Betting Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Over
For both of these teams, the total has gone over in three of their last five games.
Philadelphia has managed 26.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York is averaging 36.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
The Islanders are 24-9 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Flyers are 8-6 SU when they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
Philadelphia is 5-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-2 in shootouts.
New York is ranked 15th in the NHL with 7.5 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended lower lately, however, as it has created 6.4 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.
Philadelphia skaters have averaged 7.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, an improvement over its season average of 6.5 takeaways per game (ranked 24th overall).