The NHL is back in action as the Philadelphia Flyers will clash with the New York Islanders.
This will be Game 4 of the series. The Islanders have a 2-1 lead as they managed to win Game 3 on Saturday night with a score of 3-1.
Philadelphia Flyers Form
The Flyers had a bad start in this series as they lost the first game with a score of 4-0. However, they showed great fight and character as they managed to win Game 2 with a score of 4-3. However, they were not able to maintain that winning momentum as they were dropped in game 3 with a score of 3-1. Also, it is important to emphasize that they started Game 3 strongly. They won the first period 1-0. Yet that was not enough as they lost the 2nd period 2-0 and 1-0 in the final period of the game.
Their top line is scoring an average of 2.36 goals per game in the restart as they have relied more on defence and goaltending in order to get by in the postseason.
On the defensive side of the ice, the Flyers concede an average of 2.09 goals per game. Philadelphia has struggled with the man advantage as they convert only 9.5 per cent of their power-play chances.
N.Y Islanders Form
The Islanders started this series in a commanding form as they brushed aside the Flyers in game 1. However, they were not able to finish the job in game 2 as they lost in a very tight contest. However, they showed their quality in game 3 as they won with a convincing result of 3-1. Therefore, it is safe to say that they have the winning momentum in their camp heading into this game.
On the offensive side of the game, the Islanders score 3.36 goals per game during the restart, which puts them solidly near the top of teams offensively
On the defensive side of the game, the Islanders have been stingy defensively as they allow just 1.73 goals per game so far in the playoffs.
Both teams have a good chance in this game. I believe that both teams are having some defensive struggles with both teams playing well in their own end of the ice. However, I expect both teams to go for the win in this game. Therefore, take the Total Over 5.5 in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Philadelphia Flyers vs. N.Y Islanders Pick on 08/30/2020 is: take the Over 5.5 Total
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