Philadelphia Flyers Vs. New York Islanders Odds, Picks, and Predictions (1/25/22)

On Monday night the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Dallas Stars, 3-1.  It was their 12th loss in a row, which is a new franchise record for futility.  The Flyers are 13-21-8 with 34 points, tied for seventh in the Metropolitan Division.  Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games on two different occasions this season. The Flyers will play at the New York Islanders on Tuesday.  New York is 14-14-6 with 34 points, tied for seventh in the Metropolitan Division.  In their last outing, the Islanders lost 3-1 to the Maple Leafs.  The Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games at UBS Arena after starting 0-5-2 in their new building.

Philadelphia Flyers Vs. New York Islanders Betting Odds

Philadelphia is 0-5 in their last five games vs. Metropolitan Division foes.  The Flyers are 0-4 in the last four meetings in New York.  Philadelphia is 0-6 in their last six games vs. a team with a losing record.  New York is 4-1 in their last five games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.  The Islanders are 8-0 in their last eight games as a favorite.  Under is 5-1 in New York’s last six games playing on two days’ rest; they last played on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.  Dating back to March of 2021, New York has defeated Philadelphia seven straight games; three were in a shootout.

Philadelphia Flyers Betting Odds

In 2021-22, captain Claude Giroux leads the team in scoring with 33 points (14 goals and 19 assists).  He has 11 points on the power play this season (three goals and eight assists).  In 39 games, Giroux logging 18:45 of ice time per game.  Playing in his 15th season, he has been excellent in the face-off circle this season winning 61.4% of his draws.  Cam Atkinson leads Philadelphia in goals this season with 15 and is second on the team in scoring with 31 points.  Appearing in 42 games this campaign he is a +6 and has five points on the power play (two goals and three assists).  Atkinson has scored four game winning goals in 2021-22 to lead the club. Travis Konecny is third on the team in scoring with 24 points (seven goals and 17 assists).  He has seven points on the power play this year.  Joel Farabee is out for approximately four weeks due to an upper body injury; he has scored 11 goals in 2021-22.  Kevin Hayes who has nine points on the season was placed on IR last week and will be out for three to four weeks due to an upper body injury.

Against Dallas on Monday, Keith Yandle tied the NHL record for consecutive games played with 964.  On the season he has 13 points.  Ivan Provorov is Philadelphia’s top defensemen, leading the group with 16 points (five goals and 11 assists), while averaging 24:48 of ice time per game.  Provorov leads the club with 85 blocked shots and has registered 30 hits this year.  In his third season in Philadelphia, Justin Braun has appeared in 41 games registering 10 points.  Braun is second on the team in blocked shots with 84 and is logging 19:49 of ice time per game.  Rasmus Ristolainen in his first season with Philadelphia is leading the team in hits with 134 in 2021-22.

Carter Hart who was supposed to finally solve the Flyers’ long-standing goaltending issue has had an up and down four seasons in Philadelphia.  In 2021-22, Hart has started 25 games and is 7-14-5 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.90 GAA.  Veteran Martin Jones is the backup to Hart after playing the past six season in San Jose.  He’s 6-7-2 with a .902 save percentage and a 3.52 GAA on the year.

New York Islanders Betting Odds

Brock Nelson leads New York in goals scored with 13, he has 17 points on the season.   Nelson has had a difficult season as he was out nearly three weeks due to a lower body injury and battled COVID-19.  Islanders captain, Anders Lee has scored 10 goals and is averaging 17:00 of ice time per game this year.  Matthew Barzal is the leading scorer for Islanders with 24 points.  He’s scored seven goals on even strength and has seven assists on the power play, leading the club in 2021-22.  Josh Bailey in his 14th season as an Islander is second on the team in scoring with 18 points (three goals and 15 assists).  He has four points in his last five games (one goal and three assists).  The Islanders tough and energetic fourth line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin have combined for 13 points on the year.  Cizikas has done well at the face-off dot, winning 54.2% of his draws this campaign.  In his ninth season as an Islander, Cal Clutterbuck leads the club with 135 hits.  He’s also added five goals in 34 games this season.  Matt Martin has added 97 hits and is averaging 11:09 of ice time in 2021-22.  Cal Clutterbuck and Zach Parise are the only Islander forwards to play in all 34 games this season.  In his first season with the Islanders, Parise has 10 points (two goals and eight assists).

Noah Dobson is New York’s highest scoring defensemen with 14 points (five goals and nine assists) and is a +3.  Additionally, he leads the team with 67 blocked shots and is averaging 20:58 of ice time per game.  Adam Pelech leads the Islanders in plus/minus at +10 this season.  He’s third on the team in blocked shots with 50 and leads the defensive unit in takeaways with 19.  In his seventh season, Pelech has 10 points on the campaign (one goal and nine assists) while averaging 21:18 of ice time per game.   Scott Mayfield has played in all 34 Islander games this year.  He’s second on the team in blocked shots with 64 and is averaging 20:00 of ice time per game. 

Ilya Sorkin has won six of his last eight starts and has only allowed 15 goals over that time.  On the season he is 11-7-5 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.26 GAA.  Semyon Varlamov started against Toronto on Saturday, making 20 saves in the loss.  He is 3-7-1 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA on the season.  

Philadelphia Flyers Vs. New York Islanders Picks & Prediction

Philadelphia is scoring 2.5 goals per game, which is 27th in the league.  Defensively they’re allowing 3.3 goals per game, ranked 24th overall and allowing 34.3 shots per game, 29th overall.  New York is scoring 2.3 goals per game, ranking them 29th in the NHL.  On the defensive side, they’re allowing 2.6 goals per game which ranks fifth in the league. 

In the late 70’s and early 80’s this was one of the most heated rivalries in NHL, as both teams battled for league supremacy.  The Islanders defeated the Flyers in the 1980 Stanley Cup Finals in which New York captured their first of four straight Stanley Cups, but now this game is a battle to stay out of the cellar in the Metropolitan Division.  Amazing how times have certainly changed.  I’m taking the Islanders to win at home with the teams scoring under 5.5 goals combined.

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