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The Philadelphia Flyers just can’t seem to hold any momentum in this series. They finally battled back and tied game four with Sean Couturier’s goal before squandering away another missed opportunity. They need to get some wind back in their sails and tighten up defensively.
Sadly, we don’t see Philadelphia coming back. They look like a beaten bunch regardless of who’s between the pipes. The NYI will take game five and the series with a 5-2 win.
New York Islanders to win at -108
|Islanders vs Flyers Game Information|
|What||New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
|When||Tuesday, September 1, 2020 7:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
Game one was awful for Philly. Game two almost went the Islanders way. Game three was all Islanders and game four was much of the same. The Flyers had momentum for a few minutes after Couturier tied the game but after a pair of quick ones back the other way the Flyers looked like a beaten and defeated bunch.
They looked slow. They looked tired. They didn’t look like the contenders they resembled just a couple of weeks ago. These Flyers are in big trouble and the sports betting world has lost faith in them. It’d be extremely surprising if they can muster out another win against these red hot Islanders.
New York has beaten teams with their speed, with their stars, and with their snipes. They have a number of guys in this lineup that can truly whip it at the net and they’ve shown their muscle in that regard time and time again in this series. They’ve moved Philly’s netminders from side to side all series long and look destined for the conference final.
Anthony Beauvillier has been electric. Captain Anders Lee has been the backbone. Jordan Eberle has been the spark. Anywhere and everywhere you look there’s talent on this roster that’s able to hurt the opponent and they’ve done a fine job of decimating the Flyers thus far. It’s thanks to these three along with a few others that have sucked the life out of Philly with a big goal after the big goal.
For New York to storm game four and head into the next round on a high they’ll need to hit the board early and often. Thankfully for them Philly generally don’t score more than three goals in a night (if that), so the onus isn’t overly high on their forwards. Our feeling is New York is going to make this a long night for the once coined Broadstreet Bullies.
The Flyers were almost leaping off the bench; they were so excited after Couturier finally found the back of the net in game four. They finally solved Thomas Greiss but their glee was short-lived. In the second period, the Islanders notched two quick ones and the life was sucked out of Philly. Sure Ivan Provorov notched one in the dying minutes but they looked defeated.
The Flyers trademark speed evaporated, they were squeezing their sticks and bonehead hit attempts pulled everyone out of position. Perhaps one of the worst at this is star player Travis Konecny. If he can stop trying to run around the rink like a fourth-line grinder playing for minutes and get back to what makes him special this team has a chance. They need Konecny, among others, to get back to the skill and speed game or they’re toast.
For the Flyers to win this game it’s going to come down to their defense. We all know what their offense has to do, but it seems every time this team finally gets a lead or ties a game their defense finds a way to fumble it away. Neither Carter Hart nor Brian Elliott can be trusted against New York, so the D will need to step up in a big way in game five.
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