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Flyers Face Test to Maintain Dominance of Islanders

The Philadelphia Flyers are still on the outside looking in with regards to the playoff picture in the East. Philly has won four of six but goalie Carter Hart is personally riding a three-game winning streak. Hart’s most recent victory came on March 18, when the Flyers upset the Isles at home.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau Skates in Warm-ups Flyers at Islanders
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Hart stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced, and forward Oskar Lindblom netted two goals on Semyon Varlamov. The Flyers have dominated the Islanders, winning all three head-to-head meetings. That trend is bound to change since N.Y. is the better team and plays extremely well at home (12-1-2).

The current NHL odds on our sportsbook rate the Islanders as slight home favorites vs the Flyers on March 20. Online sports betting success hinges on the ability to identify upcoming momentum shifts which ultimately halt trends in their tracks. This Saturday night matchup between Philadelphia and N.Y. looks like one of those situations.

Philadelphia Flyers at N.Y. Islanders

Saturday, March 20 at 7 p.m. EST on NHLN

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum- Uniondale, NY

NHL Betting Vitals

Puck Line: Flyers +1 ½ (-200), Islanders -1 ½ (+170)

Money Line: Flyers +115, Islanders -135

Goal Totals: 5½

Betting Forecast

Varlamov has been a rock in between the pipes for N.Y., posting a 13-6-3 record with a 2.17 GAA. Hart’s 8-6-3 record and obese 3.70 GAA pales in comparison. The Islanders also own the second-ranked defense and goalie save percentage in the NHL.

N.Y. is 6-1 in its last seven home games, and Philadelphia is 0-4 in its previous four matchups following a win. The Flyers are also 1-4 in their last five against a team with a winning record. The Islanders are due for a big win at home, and this is it.

NHL Free Pick $$$:  NY Islanders -135

NHL Free Pick ATS: NY Islanders -1½ (+170)

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