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Tuesday night could see the Toronto Bubble come to an end with Philadephia Flyers taking on the New York Islanders in a game. The Islanders up 3-1 in the series with a win can send the broad street bullies home crying in disappointment.
To no surprise, the Islanders come into this one as slight favourites to close out the series.
Last chance to Fly
An impressive hot streak at the end of the season carried into the round-robin and led the Flyers to win 13 out of 14 games and the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. But none of that matters now and the Flyers are one loss away from going home. The major reason has been their lack of scoring, during the season they averaged 3.29 goals per game, and in the playoffs that has dropped to 2.23 goals per game. Their first line of Giroux, Voracek, and Couturier has a combined 6 goals in 13 games... that's not very good.
Thankfully they have a young star in Carter Hart in net and he will need to step up again if they are going to have any chance to come back in this series.
The Islanders Might Actually be Good
My biggest concern with the Islanders coming into the playoffs other than they can be relatively boring to watch was their lack of scoring, only putting up 2.78 goals-per-game in the regular season but in the playoffs, it is up to 3.31 GPG. Lead by Josh Bailey's 13 points the Islanders have showcased their scoring depth and clutch scoring ability throughout the playoffs with four players having at least 10 points. Add in the elite play of Varlamov and New York Islanders could be in the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1992.
The Islanders have looked great so far in the second round and handled everything the Flyers have thrown at him. The Flyers though did show some signs of life put up almost 40 shots last game in the 3-2 loss. Now, why is that impressive? Because they average 29 shots per game. I still see the Islanders winning this series but the Flyers are too good of a team to not take this series to at least six games. I see Carter Hart staying strong in net and a clutch goal or two on the powerplay to lead them to victory.
Take the flyers Moneyline (even). Last game both backup goalies played and only 5 goals were scored so don't be afraid to take the under in this one (even).