New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Apr 17, 2021

With Philadelphia at risk of completely falling out of the playoff picture, they'll need to go through an Islanders team that is chasing top spot in the East Division.

NY Islanders
April 18, 2021, 6:30 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center

For the final time in the 2021 regular season the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers will face off when they meet Sunday evening in Philly. The Islanders have taken four straight from the Flyers, who are in a free fall. Sunday’s the second of a back-to-back for Philadelphia, while the Islanders are wrapping up their three-game road trip after travelling to Boston for a pair.

Puck drop Sunday is at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Islanders vs. Flyers Betting Analysis

New York’s just got one regulation loss against the Flyers in their past 10 head-to-heads, although they’ve got four overtime and shootout losses in that span too. That makes five wins for each club in their recent clashes, with the over-under record also dead-even at 5-5. New York’s opened as a -135 road favourite to win on the NHL odds with the total at 5.5.

For whatever reason New York can’t produce offence on the road, and they don’t give up much, as the under is 17-4-1 in their 22 road games this year. Philadelphia’s on the opposite side of the spectrum, with a 13-8 record to the over at home and 28-15 over record overall. But like most other NHL teams, Philadelphia’s offence cools off against the Isles with 17 goals in seven games.

New York Islanders

At 27-13-4 the Islanders still have first in the East Division on their mind. Despite going 5-5 over their most recent 10 games, New York remains four points behind Washington for first in the division and they have a game in hand on the Capitals.

The more concerning aspect of the Isles’ mediocre play is their offensive production. New York’s coming off consecutive shutout losses in Boston, most recently losing 3-0 Friday night. Alternate captains Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck missed Friday’s action with injuries. Both were considered game-time decisions so it’s safe to say they could return to the ice soon.

Team-leading scorer Mathew Barzal has gone without a goal since April 1 (which saw him record his third career hat trick) while leading goal scorer Brock Nelson is on a four-game drought.

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia’s 6-3 loss to Washington Saturday has put their playoff chances at extreme odds. As of Sunday the Flyers sit eight points back of Boston for the final playoff bid in the East, and have 12 games remaining. The Flyers’ 9-10-3 home record at Wells Fargo Center has hurt them deeply, but they’re welcoming in a sub .500 road team Sunday in the Islanders (9-11-2).

Goaltending has specifically been the Flyers’ low point. Carter Hart’s .877 save percentage in 25 starts is among the lowest in NHL starters in 2021, and his 9-11 record shows it. Alex Lyon started Saturday for Philadelphia and allowed five goals on 40 shots.

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