The Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, September 3, in Game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference second-round series.
The top-seeded Flyers are on the verge of elimination, so we’ll see a great battle at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The fifth-seeded Islanders already missed a chance to qualify for the conference finals, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss last Tuesday.
We bring you all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Game 6 between the Flyers and Islanders along with the latest odds update, so let’s take a closer look.
The Flyers might miss Sean Couturier. The 27-year-old center has scored a couple of goals this postseason along with seven assists, and his eventual absence would be a massive blow for the Flyers. Couturier had a knee-on-knee collision in Game 5.
On the other side, Mathew Barzal is questionable to play for the Islanders. The 23-year-old center was hit in the face last Tuesday and was unable to finish Game 5.
The Islanders opened as slight -115 favorites on BetMGM, while the Flyers are -105 dogs on the same platform. The total has been set at 5.0 goals with the over at +100 and the under at -115 odds.
What’s at Stake?
The Flyers’ season is on the line. For the second straight game, they will play with their backs against the wall, while the Islanders have the second opportunity to clinch the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Islanders lost twice in this series, and both losses came in overtime with an identical 4-3 result. On the other side, they won three times in the regulation (4-0, 3-1, and 3-2).
After a narrow 3-2 defeat in Game 4, the Flyers bounced back despite blowing a two-goal lead in Game 5, so they will try to keep the momentum on their side.
The Flyers had a 3-1 lead with five minutes left in the 3rd period last Tuesday, but they collapsed down the stretch and allowed the Islanders to force overtime. Scott Laughton was Phila’s hero, netting the winner 12:20 into overtime to tally his fourth goal of the postseason.
Both teams took 32 shots each, while we saw 109 hits in total (New York had 56) which is a ridiculous amount. It was a tremendous defensive battle even though the regulation produced six goals in total.
The Islanders are arguably the best defensive team in the NHL at the moment. They beat the Capitals in the previous round, yielding just eight goals in five games while blanking Washington in Game 5.
The Flyers are not that good defensively, but they had a few exceptional displays against the Canadians in the previous round. Carter Hart posted a couple of shutouts against Montreal, while he’s 8-4 with a 2.12 GAA and a .929 save percentage in 12 starts this postseason.
Hart will guard the cage Thursday, while Semyon Varlamov should patrol the crease for the Islanders. Varlamov is 9-3 on the postseason, tallying a 1.85 GAA and a .929 save percentage.
I like the Islanders’ defense, while their offense can make some damage, too. This should be another tight clash, so betting on the under seems like a logical choice. However, I don’t like a 5-goal line, while the odds on the under 5.5 goals are not tempting at -200.
It’s hard to find the best value. The stake is massive for both teams, but I would lean on the Islanders’ defense and take them to win straight up at -115 odds. If you want to take a risk, go with the combo New York to Win & Under 5.5 goals.