The Philadelphia Flyers were able to pull off a 4-3 victory in Game 5 and give themselves at least one more game in the process. On Thursday night, they will face off against the New York Islanders at least one more time. Game 6 is set to be another great battle, with the Flyers backs against the ice.
The story of this series has changed several times, but goaltending seems to be key down the stretch. Through the heart of the series, both Islander’s goalkeepers looked nearly impenetrable. Over the last few games, they’ve seemed a bit more susceptible.
The Flyers have a chance to take this series to Game 7. Let’s get it on. The puck drops at 7:00 ET on NBCSN.
Flying High Again
The Flyers came out and made a statement in game 5 of the series, and that statement, “we aren’t done yet.”
Scott Laughton put the game away in overtime, scoring his fourth point of the series. Laughton also assisted on James van Riemsdyk’s second-period score.
Carter Hart made 29 saves on 32 attempts for a save percentage of .906. Being in the crease for nearly 72 minutes and only allowing three goals isn’t exactly hall of fame worthy, but at this level, it is no small feat. Hart must carry this into Game 6 if he wants to see a Game 7.
Semyon Varlamov has been on an island for much of the season but has defended it well. He and his backup, Thomas Greiss, have put up nearly identical numbers all season. So similar that it’s hard to tell the difference. The only real difference is that Varlamov has spent a lot more time on the ice this season.
Varlamov needs to find what he lost in Game 5 to keep this series in check. If it’s Greiss, he must do the same. They must give Mathew Barzal and the offense a chance to get a lead and then keep it. Barzal has four points in the series and looks to make it five or six in Game 6.
Picking Your Poison
So how much longer can the Flyers make this series? Can they extend it to another game again? The Islanders are favored by 1.5 goals in Game 6, and you should stay away from the spread. However, they’re also a moneyline favorite(-116), and this is where you should put your money where your mouth is.
The game total is set at 5, which seems like nothing in this series. If you can parlay the Islanders moneyline with the over, go for it. If you can’t, take the Islanders on the money line and the over five goals separately and prosper greatly. Good luck.