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The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers have played an instant replay over and over in this series. Blown lead after blown lead. This is a very tough game to call but we believe another over time is on our hands. These two seem to be destined for an extra frame (again) in their final game.
Philadelphia wins in over time 2-1.
Flyers to win at +118
The Islanders are 1-4 in their last five games on one day’s rest. Meanwhile, the Flyers are 3-0-1 in their last four with one day of sleep.
|Islanders vs Flyers Game Information|
|What||New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
|When||Saturday, September 5, 2020, 7:30 pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
The Isles and Flyers are a very interesting couple. They’re a complete tease really. If it’s not the Flyers blowing a lead it’s New York and if it’s not the Isles blowing a giant comeback it’s Philly. It’s become a very confusing series because at the end of the day neither of these teams can play a full 60-minutes of strong hockey.
There always has to be something else to worry about between these two which has made this one of the oddest rivalries, let alone game seven’s, of each of the second-round matchups. With that said, there is one team that stands out here more than the other to us.
The Islanders have shown their resilience more than anything in this best of seven. Their ability to come back from goals down is uncanny. It’s a very commendable quality in a team but when it comes to a game seven, it’s not one you should rely on. Getting out to an early lead and holding it is the goal here.
Four of the six games thus far in this series have been decided by one goal. Enough said. So a quick and early lead is the goal here. For that to happen, not only will Thomas Greiss need to be on guard and ready, the main studs in front of him will need to be on-point.
Anders Lee, Matt Barzal, and Jordan Eberle will need to be all over the Philly tender early and often. These three combined for 21 shots last game and as we saw in the Vancouver-Vegas game seven the more shots the better. These guys need to throw anything and everything at the Philly crease or this team is doomed.
Far too often have the Flyers either built a lead and lost it or had to claw back from a deficit in this series. Enough is enough. They’re going to need to come out of the gates swinging and – for a change – hold that lead if they can get it. Sure the gameplan for each of these teams is similar but they’re so evenly matched that that first goal is going to be paramount in this game.
The Flyers studs in this series have been the usual suspects in Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Ivan Provorov. Essentially every Flyer that was taken in your playoff pool. These guys will each need to show up in a big way because this Islander bunch is relentless.
If there’s one weak link in the chain New York will be ready to pounce as we’ve seen all series long. The other downfall for Philly is their goaltending right now. Trusting Carter Hart isn’t an easy task at the moment so their blueline will need to be extra assertive in this one if they want to move on to the conference final.
Ryan has worked as a sports writer for the past decade and sports journalism for almost 15 years. He has worked in television, radio, print, digital, and podcasting since 2006. He is also the former co-host of the NFL Weekly Pick 'Em and Best Bets Podcast along with the Prop Drop on WSN.com.More info on Ryan Sullivan
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