NHL Picks: Islanders vs. Flyers

David Lawrence

Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:55 AM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 11:55 AM UTC

The New York Islanders are fighting for a playoff berth – if you can believe that. On Thursday, they’ll try to keep up their stellar road play when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers, who have lost three straight.

NHL Betting: Islanders vs. Flyers Picks

Record: 98-105 (-35)

The New York Islanders can win because…

They have been a great road bet all season long. The Isles are now 9-5 on the road this season and have won five of their last six away games. They are just two points out of a playoff spot and have something to play for. As for the Flyers, they are all but dead in the water.

The Flyers have lost three straight and seven of nine. Their lone two wins came against Buffalo and a Martin Brodeur-less New Jersey. They are struggling in the worst way and are now seven points out of a playoff spot with only a handful of games left. No matter how you slice it, the Isles have been the better team this season and they should be getting more respect from the NHL odds makers in this spot.

The Philadelphia Flyers can win because

They play well against the Isles. The Flyers haven’t had many highlights this season but a 7-0 road win over the Islanders is one of their best wins of the season. As a matter of fact, the Flyers have won three straight in this series and 11 of the last 13 meetings.

There aren’t many positive things to say about the Flyers right now but a 9-6 home record is respectable. They win more than they lose at home, which is good news for you if you’re planning to bet them.

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Outlook & Pick

In this matchup, you’d expect the Flyers to be the ones contending for the playoffs and the Isles to be the ones at the bottom of the standings but it’s the other way around. The Isles have been a good road bet this season and I’ll add them to my NHL picks one more time. The Flyers don’t deserve to be -145 favorites in this spot. I was thinking around -120 – maybe -130 – but at -145, I’ll take a shot with the Isles as a road dog.

NHL Pick: Islanders +134 at Pinnacle

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