Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders Game 3 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Islanders studs keep shining
- The Flyers have to learn to hold a lead
- The trends are a tad Underwhelming
Flyers vs Islanders Odds
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Flyers vs Islanders Predictions and Picks
The Philadelphia Flyers do have a slight momentum swing going for them on paper at the moment. They won game two 4-3 in overtime. However, if you take a closer look at the boxscore you’ll see that they also surrendered a three-goal lead. Thanks to a pair of goals from Kevin Hayes the team jumped out to an early lead. One that would then vanish rather quickly.
The Flyers need to come out swinging or they could go down gasping for air against this strong once thought to be underdog Isles squad. New York overpowers Philly to a 5-3 win.
New York to win at -114
The Under has been hit in 11 of Philly’s last 14 games. Meanwhile, the New York Islanders are 3-1-1 hitting the Under through their last five.
How to Watch Flyers vs Islanders
|Flyers vs Islanders Game Information|
|What||Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Islanders|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
|When||Saturday August 29, 2020 7:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
Game one was an utter disaster for the Philadelphia Flyers and the second half of game two wasn’t much better. After jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first the Islanders stormed back in the second and third. The Isles have now outscored Philly 8-4 in this series and this game could be the absolute dagger moving forward.
Philly lucked out on a deflected OT winning point shot in game two and will need hope and prayer if they decide to take a few periods off on Saturday night. The Flyers are desperate now and will need to play like the top team they are/were if they want to redeem themselves in these semifinals.
New York Has to Keep On Rolling
The Islanders have a series tie on their hands but it truly doesn’t tell the story. Their impressive shutout performance in game one and tenacious comeback in game two tell the tale thus far. Meanwhile, we’re not sure what it is but there’s something very different about this Flyers bunch at the moment. They looked undeniable during the regular season and round-robin, but all of a sudden they’re out of their league.
The Montreal Canadiens softened them up and the Islanders now have a shot at tenderizing them before delivering the final blow. For that to happen, the Islanders stars need to keep shining. Anthony Beauvillier, JG Pageau, and Anders Lee are currently in the top ten for league goals right now and they need to keep them coming in bunches.
Philadelphia has been Under hitting machines in these playoffs but they generally can guarantee at least a few on the board. If the Isles can keep relying on their hot sticks and buzzing offense in game three and beyond they could take down a pretty big fish.
Philly Desperately Needs to Find Their Game
When it comes to these Flyers there’s a bit of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde effect going on here. You never quite know what team you’re going to see when they hit the ice. That all starts and ends in their crease. Carter Hart is the future of the Flyers. This much we know. However, after a pair of lackluster performances, his confidence is truly in question.
He’s never been this far in a postseason or even in the postseason for that matter so this is all new. Thus far the kid hasn’t really been able to handle the pressure. He had a very off and on series against Montreal and has been nothing short of brutal for the majority of this semifinal split with the Islanders.
Hart will need all the help he can get and that comes down to the Philly defense. We know their offense can turn it on at the drop of a hat as we saw in the first period last game. Their defense will need to start doing a far better job of clearing the crease though. No more second chances and no more in-close chances. We’re talking NBA-style box outs if need be or these Flyers could be meat in a hurry.
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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.