The red-hot New York Islanders (20-8-4) will look to tame the struggling Philadelphia Flyers (15-11-3) when the two East Division rivals square off on Monday night. The Isles smacked Philly senseless en route to a 6-1 rout on Saturday, two days after falling to the Flyers 4-3 on Thursday night.
After snapping a modest two-game skid by getting past Philadelphia on Saturday, the Islanders will look to make it two in a row over the Flyers to start the new week.
The Isles are in second place in the East standings, but tied with Washington for the points lead (44). Philadelphia is in fifth place in the standings, 11 points behind the division leaders.
Is New York the easy sportsbook betting pick to get the statement-making road win? Will the inconsistent Flyers bounce back from their Saturday shellacking to take care of business at the Wells Fargo Center?
This division showdown looks like a thriller just waiting to happen. The NHL odds for this matchup and all other nine Monday night contests go live following Sunday’s modest four-game slate of action.
Islanders vs Flyers Game Information
- Game: New York Islanders vs Philadelphia Flyers
- Day/Time: Monday, March 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Islanders vs Flyers Live stream: NHL.TV
Isles Looking Like Legitimate Cup Contenders
Maybe it’s me, but I was a bit stunned that New York didn’t get a whole lot of love as a top title contender after reaching last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. No matter, New York is making my preseason pick come true by totally living up to expectations as a legitimate contender.
The Islanders have won eight of 10 and thoroughly dismantled the Flyers on Saturday. Casey Cizikas scored twice in New York’s four-goal first period, and the Islanders never looked back.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jordan Eberle, Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey also scored to help the Islanders pick up the win to move to 10-2 over their last 12 games.
“We were moving our feet, we were getting in on the forecheck, we were making it hard on their D,” Cizikas said. “We were moving the puck quick and when we did have breakdowns, Sorokin made some huge saves at some key times.”
The Islanders rank a modest 15th in scoring (2.9 GPG), but have been phenomenal defensively. New York ranks second only to Vegas in goals allowed this season (2.2 GPG).
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The D Is Missing In Philadelphia
The Flyers were expected to be one of the top Stanley Cup contenders in the league this season, but Philly has struggled all season long. Offense hasn’t been the problem with the Flyers putting up 3.2 goals per game to rank 11th in scoring.
However, the D is clearly missing in South Philly with the Flyers giving up a whopping 3.6 goals per game to rank a dismal 30th in goals allowed. Not only did the Flyers give up six goals on Saturday, but they were burned badly in a 9-0 shutout loss against the Rangers on Wednesday. The Flyers have lost seven of their last 11 games heading into Monday night.
“Definitely puts a lot of pressure on us to try to chase games,” the Flyers’ Travis Konecny said. “That’s definitely not the way we want to play. It has to stop and it has to be fixed now because it just can’t continue. It’s hard to play that way. I think everyone knows what they have to do better. We just need to keep working at it.”
Don’t Trust The Flyers
I’m sorry, but right now, I don’t trust my hometown Flyers one iotum, and neither should you. After finishing an identical seventh in scoring and goals allowed a year ago, Philadelphia is giving up goals like they’re going out of style.
Hell, Philly defense has been so lackluster, I think me and a bunch of my other 50-year-old friends could put one or two goals in the back of the net against the Flyers. All jokes aside, the Islanders are 8-1 in their last nine games following a win. New York is 7-1 in their last eight games after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.
Philadelphia apparently responds well after getting smacked around. The Flyers are 17-4 in their last 21 games after allowing five goals or more in their previous game. Philadelphia is 4-1 in its last five home dates against the Islanders and 5-2 in the last seven meetings overall. Again though, I don’t trust the Flyers and I believe the smart money is on New York in a relatively high-scoring finish.
Pick: Islanders 4, Flyers 3
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