Philadelphia Flyers Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers bid to stave off elimination for a second consecutive contest on Thursday when they play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference second-round series against the New York Islanders in Toronto.
Embattled captain Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the playoffs and added an assist in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 5, a result that trimmed the Flyers’ deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The win did not come without cost, however, as Selke Trophy finalist Sean Couturier sustained an undisclosed injury during a collision with Mathew Barzal in the second period and did not play in the remainder of the game. His availability for Game 6 is unknown.
New York Islanders Odds
The New York Islanders will look to overcome their second 4-3 overtime loss in a six-day stretch when they play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference second-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in Toronto.
Josh Bailey scored on the power play early in the second period and set up Brock Nelson late in the third in Tuesday’s setback, a decision that trimmed their lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
Bailey has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 14 playoff games, making him the second Islanders player in the last 36 years to average at least a point per game in a single postseason (Ray Ferraro, 1.11 in 1993). Bailey’s point total is the most by a New York player since Ferraro (20) and Steve Thomas (17) in 1993.
Flyers vs. Islanders Betting Pick for Game 6
The Islanders rebounded from a loss in their first attempt to close out of a series by dispatching both Florida (qualifying round) and Washington (first round) in the very next game. Barry Trotz’s defensive-minded charges will continue that trend on Thursday and advance to the conference final for the first time since 1993.
Flyers vs. Islanders Betting Pick: Islanders (-121), Flyers (+105)
Islanders 3, Flyers 1
Flyers vs. Islanders Best Bet for Game 6
Bailey has been heavily involved in New York’s offense this postseason, including registering consecutive two-point performances to boost his team-leading totals in assists (12) and points. The 30-year-old has flustered the Flyers dating back to the regular season, recording a goal and two assists in three games.
Flyers vs. Islanders Best Bet for Game 6: Bailey (+370) on scoring a goal for the Islanders