It was a matchup between the bottom teams in the Metropolitan Division. Both the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers were looking for a quick win to guarantee their chances to keep climbing out of the bottom of the standings.
But it was a solid victory for New York in the end. Both teams are now set to play again at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia tonight.
For New York, much of the solid offensive effort displayed throughout last night’s match will be necessary as they visit the Flyers. Philly will have an immediate chance to recover from a beating by NY and prove why they are still ahead of the Islanders in the conference standings.
To do so, Philadelphia will have to make a solid effort to leave last night’s horrendous performance behind and quickly react to set the record straight over New York tonight.
The Islanders will have to repeat what they did to sustain a solid offensive drive last night and visit the Flyers with a 4-1 loss in their pocket at USB Arena in New York.
Center Brock Nelson leads Islanders with 11 goals and four assists. Nelson opened the scoring for the Islanders last night.
Casey Cizikas would then nail the second goal for the team in the second period. Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin would follow with the third and fourth goals in the third period.
Although New York displayed an entirely different gameplay strategy, the squad is still eighth in the Metropolitan Division with a 12-13-6 season record. Additionally, the Islanders have only lost one of their last five games yet have only played five of thirteen scheduled matchups due to COVID-19 protocols.
Last night’s beating at the hands of New York sunk the Flyers even deeper. For Philadelphia, yesterday’s defeat gave them their eighth consecutive loss. However, the Flyers need to act quickly and seek a quick recovery with the season moving along.
Philadelphia is now seventh in the Metropolitan Division with just three points over New York. They are tied with New Jersey and are just two points behind Columbus. Yet the gap between the top and bottom four in the division standings is now 16 points and continues to narrow.
Right-wing Cam Atkinson still leads Flyers with 15 goals and 13 assists, followed by Claude Giroux with 11 goals and 18 assists. However, a quick recovery might just mean the last chance to keep climbing up the standings for Philadelphia.
The Islanders will have to keep all matters consistent on their end. But the Flyers might be ready to strike back. For New York, the total has gone under in seven of their last eight games. As for Philly, the total has also gone under in five of their previous six games.
Despite standing lower in the division, the Islanders look stronger for tonight’s matchup. New York’s 6-7-3 road record is not in the spotlight for their second game against Philly with a solid win last night and four of their previous five games.
As for the Flyers, a 6-8-3 home performance record is not the mark taking a toll on their squad.
The Flyers will simply need to pull off a solid game to put their recent defeat against NY behind them.
Godds Pick/Prediction: Islanders to win and the under hits.