7 Key Betting Tips To Know Before The Flyers Hit The Ice Against The Islanders

Ahead of the Islanders vs. Flyers Round 2 playoffs, we compiled a list of seven betting tips and key things to watch for from NJ’s top online sportsbooks.

And we’re off again.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, after a weekend rest from their first-round NHL playoff victories, drop the puck for Round 2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.

The odds reflecting public betting opinion are in line with the relative strengths of the teams. (All odds as of 6 p.m. EST Aug. 24.)

NHL Playoffs Round 2
Series Odds
DraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBet
NY Islanders+108+110+100+110
Philadelphia Flyers-129-134-125-135

Some gamblers will make series wagers before the first game. Others will wager individual contests and make in-game wagers.

There are a couple of avenues to consider. If you get series bets down before Game 1, that will be your best chance to obtain what you view as a deal.

As the series unfolds, the series wagers will reflect how the teams are performing. If the series is knotted 2-2, they won’t be much different than how they started. Any team with a 3 -1 deficit will be a decided underdog for those who believe in rallies.

The series is set for seven games. So let’s look at seven betting angles in this Islanders vs. Flyers playoff series.

1. The rush of ‘Philly Fever’

Apply the variable of the pro-Flyers betting market to your individual game considerations.

Philly Fever is likely to carry over onto the betting board the deeper this team goes in the playoffs. You want to determine the proper value.

There is no home-ice edge to propel teams. If a line gets on the wrong side of a possible return — say, if it gets higher than -140 on an individual game — you might consider parlaying the moneyline with an over-under or player-to-score prop.

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2. Islanders, Flyers are evenly matched

There is parity. And well there should be.

New Jersey online sports betting sites have the Flyers as a slight edge in the neighborhood of 6-5 favorites, which appears right for two teams that have already advanced in the playoffs.

The teams brought identical records — 7-2 since the NHL restart — into this series.

For Philadelphia, the first three games were a round robin that determined playoff position. It went 3-0. The Flyers followed by defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two.

The Islanders faced two win-or-go-home postseason scenarios.

First, they defeated the Florida Panthers three games to one in a qualifying series. And then they throttled the Washington Capitals, winning four of five games, including a shutout in the finale.

This team is flying high and is well-respected. The books were on them before the Capitals series, as the Islanders were only in the +120 neighborhood at the major sportsbooks.

3. Expect heavy line movement before each game

Last-minute line shopping is significant, both for the series and for individual games.

The Flyers were -129 at DraftKings Sportsbook and -134 at FanDuel Sportsbook on Monday afternoon for the series. And money was moving the line.

FanDuel had dangled the Flyers at -120 and got enough interest to move the line back up.

On Friday, NJ Gambling Sites detailed the betting momentum before the Flyers’ Game 6 matchup against the Canadiens.

In a one-hour period, the line went from Philadelphia -124 to -129 and then to -141. This is particularly volatile for day-of betting. That line essentially went from a little over 6-5 to 7-5 in terms of a bettor laying money.

Take this into consideration for both the series and in-game bets. The price point compares to buying a stock. If it is fluctuating, you don’t want to chase it. Pick a range that you believe reflects the appropriate value and make that wager if it fits.

4. Series bets vs. individual game bets

The majority of bettors see this best-of-seven Round 2 series ending in six games. The DraftKings over-under of over 5.5 games is -182. But the under 6.5 is -250.

Do you think this series can go the full seven? If so, that’s a handsome +200 at DraftKings.

These types of bets are interesting because they give bettors rooting interest on both sides of a series that looks competitive on paper.

If the bettors view this as a six-game series, you can place some of that perspective into individual-game bets. If one team grabs a 2-0 lead, this view would mean betting on the trailing team in the third game.

5. Find the sweet spot for best bets

Whether you call it alternate lines or the PointsBet NJ version of pick your own lines, bettors have the opportunity to select one they are comfortable with. Odds will fluctuate with each one, but the option is there for each payer to find what he/she considers the sweet spot.

In the first series, the Islanders covered the -1.5 spread in three of their victories. And that’s where prime value sits.

The Flyers covered it just once.

6. Contrarian instincts are real

There are prices to be realized if a bettor can correctly guess what might or is due to happen.

The Flyers got ahead and stayed ahead in every win versus the Canadiens. They could not get out of the hole in the two games they lost.

But at some point, they are due to fall behind and win a game. If they fall behind 1-0 early, you will probably get odds exceeding 2-1 by taking them.  It’s not as advisable a move after the first period because there is less time to work with.

7. Goals vs. goalies and the over-under

The over-under line. It’s usually zoned in on five, and Fox Bet threw the tantalizing 4.5 number out for the first game.

There should be at least one offensive breakout game in the series. Both goalies — Carter Hart and Semyon Varlamov — overachieved in the opening round.

But take note: The Flyers have an edge in the goaltending department, maybe worth half a goal a game. Hart was magnificent in the opening round, but the Flyers made him steal the series for them.

But Varlamov had his best playoff series ever for the Islanders. He kept them in it during the first two games, when the Isles fell behind 2-0 and 1 -0. He also changed Game 3 with a beautiful save on a breakaway in overtime against the Capitals.

Moments later, the Islanders won the game. Without that save, the series would have been knotted after four games and had a different feel.

The Flyers need to win more battles in the corners. They received precious few shots from the slot against the Canadiens.

And the Flyers need to throw the puck at the net more. In the finale against the Canadiens, all three of their goals were deflected in off a Montreal player.

The Islanders showed more urgency and bounce in their step against the Capitals than the Flyers did against the Canadiens.

Bottom line? This Stanley Cup Playoff series will be fun to watch.

Canadiens Vs. Flyers Game 6: Philadelphia Still Favored But Lines Are Moving Fast

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens face each other in Game 6 on Friday. Here are the Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 6 odds and betting tips.

The betting feast began early for Friday’s Philadelphia FlyersMontreal Canadiens Game 6 NHL playoff matchup.

Brisk action moved the lines a full day ahead of the 7 p.m. Friday faceoff, and the interest should grow closer to the game.

Gamblers have an enticing wagering menu that offers something compelling for backers of both teams.

Canadiens vs. Flyers odds for Friday’s game

Philadelphia, up three games to two in the series, remains slightly favored to notch its first postseason triumph since 2012 across the spectrum of DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet and Fox Bet online sportsbooks in New Jersey.

Flyers vs. Canadiens Game 6 odds (last updated 12 p.m. EST Aug. 21)

Game 6: 7 p.m. ET Aug. 21DraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBet
Moneyline+116 Canadiens
-136 Flyers
+120 Canadiens
-140 Flyers
+125 Canadiens
-138 Flyers
+115 Canadiens
-136 Flyers
Puck line+1.5 (-240)
-1.5 (+195)
+1.5 (-250)
-1.5 (+210)
+1.5 (+200)
-1.5 (-250)
+1.5 (-240)
-1.5 (+190)
Over/underO 5 (-105)
U 5 (-117)
O 4.5 (-180)
U 4.5 (+155)
O 5.5 (+150)
U 5.5 (-188)
O 5 (+100)
U 5 (-121)

But for the first time in the series, at least for a while, the Flyers have been reasonably priced as a single-game moneyline pick. The DraftKings line of -124 was especially playable. A number of bettors grabbed that, and the line moved to -129 late in the day. It then hit -141 by Thursday evening.

On Friday morning, the Flyers had settled at -136 at DraftKings.

Expect more volatility. FanDuel reported that 90% of the bets and 98% of the moneyline handle was on the Flyers on Thursday. If this continues, Philadelphia will become a stronger favorite and less attractive.

Conversely, Montreal bettors see that their team has figured out a way to win. The line conveys respect for their chances and could prompt interest from that direction.

Philadelphia will gain the lion’s share of action across New Jersey online sportsbooks, but Canadiens backers like what they saw in Game 5.

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Is there a chance for more goals on Friday?

Montreal’s 5-3 triumph to extend the series Wednesday night not only showed that the team is capable of winning the series, but it juggled the over-under line for this game.

FanDuel and Fox Bet NJ opened at 5.5 rather than the classic 5 that has marked the series.

This is extremely important to over-under bettors, especially those who weighed in early.

If you didn’t, some of that has changed.

Thursday afternoon, FanDuel moved its over-under line to 4.5, a substantial adjustment. Those who placed an under 5.5 wager before the change got a deal.

Montreal’s Game 5 triumph was the first game to reward “over” bettors (Game 2, a 5-0 Montreal win, was a push at many NJ sportsbooks). It contained a wide-open, exciting style of play.

This was good for the Canadiens, not good for the Flyers.

Where the Flyers stand

The overall betting line for tonight reveals a true sense of where this game, and series, lies.

It’s a good board, guaranteed to reward bettors who guess the right direction of this game. And that should depend on which team inflicts its style of play on the other.

Philadelphia’s three wins involve a grinding, tight-checking blueprint that held Montreal to one total goal in those outings. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart enhanced that strategy by making some excellent saves and reeling off two consecutive shutouts.

His heroics in Game 3, a 1-0 Flyers win, prevented Montreal from going ahead in the series. It is the most important series win for Philadelphia to date.

The defense, especially in a 2-0 Game 4 triumph, bottled up the faster Canadiens through the neutral zone. The Flyers thrived with a dump-and-chase game, shooting the puck in deep and making Montreal skaters go the entire length of the ice to take shots (not unlike an NFL team forcing its opponent to march up the field from deep in its own territory).

Where the Canadiens stand

In Montreal’s two victories, the fast-skating Canadiens roared through center ice like a NASCAR vehicle on the final lap.

Purists and Montreal bettors love the artistry of this style, which is a great advertisement for the sport.

For Flyers bettors, however, it was the last thing they wanted to see. The Canadiens are one of the league’s fastest teams and will often win the wide-open games.

This was never more evident than in the backbreaking, game-winning goal in Game 5.

Just 22 seconds after the Flyers had forged a 3-3 tie in the third period, they had a giveaway behind their own net. A pass was thrown out to Nick Suzuki, who swerved away from a check and fired the puck past Hart.

Islanders upset Capitals: Good news for Flyers fans

The stakes were raised and a Stanley Cup enticement was given to the Flyers on Thursday night.

The sixth-seeded New York Islanders delivered the first upset of the postseason, bouncing the third-seeded Washington Capitals from the playoffs with a 4-0 win.

The Capitals were considered one of the major Eastern Conference threats.

By virtue of the No. 1 seed, the Flyers will play the Islanders if they defeat the Canadiens. They would thus avoid the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, two other prime Eastern Conference forces, in the next round.

If the Flyers beat Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston will have to face each other in the second round, ensuring that another major Stanley Cup threat would disappear before the Flyers played them.

The Islanders victory makes the Flyers’ road to the Stanley Cup easier if they can take care of business against the Canadiens. Game 5 didn’t look so good for that scenario.

Flyers-Canadiens Game 5 betting takeaways

The Flyers bettor will believe that everything bad that could happen did in one game.

That starts with Hart, who suffered some bad breaks and was also outplayed by Montreal’s Carey Price. Hart was due for an off game after two marvelous shutouts.

Hart, who had carried the Flyers through four games, faltered in Game 5. He allowed two weak goals, one of which was called back with a successful challenge by Flyers coach Alain Vigneault.

Hart was also victimized by a freak opportunistic bounce off the boards that gave Montreal a point-blank shot for the first goal early in the game.

And then he was left helpless on the game-winning goal. Forget the empty net tally Montreal notched. That doesn’t reflect on Hart, who only allowed two goals he could be faulted on.

Nonetheless, his reflexes were not sharp in the second end of back-to-back games.

Vigneault considered pulling Hart in the second period, but left him in. If things don’t go well early for Philadelphia in Game 6, don’t be surprised if Vigneault removes Hart in favor of backup Brian Elliott, rolling the dice on a potential Game 7 on Sunday.

Price, like Hart, has been brilliant. He has a shutout in this series, too. For both goalies, this is their third game in four nights. Hart just had his off game. Is Price ever going to have one?

Final betting notes before Game 6

Breakouts: Flyers power play returns. Mentioned here before Game 5, the Flyers’ 1-for-28 postseason power play had begun to show signs of life. Philadelphia responded by notching not one or two, but three power-play tallies.

Player props: Of those we considered due to score in Game 5, Jakob Voracek did tally (twice) and returned nearly 4-1 for his DraftKings backers. Kevin Hayes, at nearly 3-1, got plenty of chances and was stopped on a clear breakaway.

He was also pulled down and could have been awarded a penalty shot in the third period.

The penalty shot was not called, but a penalty was, and the Flyers scored on it. If you bet the Hayes prop, you read the situation right. You didn’t cash, but your bet matched his best offensive game of the series.

A good play, even if it didn’t win.

Canadiens Vs. Flyers: Philadelphia In The Driver’s Seat Heading Into Game 5

NJ online sportsbooks favor Philadelphia in the Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 4 odds. It’s win or go home for Montreal. Can the Flyers soar to the next round?

Will the Philadelphia Flyers close the show tonight and win their first NHL playoff series since 2012? It all comes down to this: Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 5.

The betting line says yes at major NJ online sportsbooks. Philadelphia enters the 8:05 p.m. contest with a commanding 3-1 series lead in its best-of-seven set against the Montreal Canadiens.

One more win puts them in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 5 odds

Here’s how the odds line up for Wednesday’s Canadiens-Flyers Game 3 (odds as of 11:30 p.m. ET Aug. 18):

Game 5: 8:05 p.m. EST,
Aug. 19
DraftKingsFox BetPointsBet
Moneyline+118 Canadiens
-137 Flyers
+120 Canadiens
-143 Flyers
+120 Canadiens
-140 Flyers
Puck line+1 (-148)
-1 (+123)
+1.5 (-250)
-1.5 (+200)
+1.5 (-226)
-1.5 (+180)
Over/underO 5 (-103)
U 5 (-120)
O 4.5 (-175)
U 4.5 (-140)
O 5 (-105)
U 5 (-115)

The power of goaltending

The Hart of the matter (see what we did there?) is that goaltending has carried this group.

Carter Hart has been the best netminder in the league during the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers goalie has notched two consecutive shutouts, joining only Bernie Parent (1975) and Michael Leighton (2010) to record this feat for Philadelphia.

Hart singlehandedly stole a couple of these first-round games and has shown magic reminiscent of Parent, the last Flyers goalie to lead them to a Stanley Cup in 1974-75.

Canadiens vs. Flyers betting nuggets

Wednesday night’s Canadiens vs. Flyers game means a lot to DraftKings Sportsbook patrons who took the Flyers to win the series in five games at +335.

Philadelphia also returns +500 to win in six and +450 for seven games. These odds were noted before the series because the Flyers were staunch favorites of nearly 3-1 across all New Jersey online sportsbooks.

The best shot at trying to nail series money was hitting the exact length of it. Taking the Flyers in a block of games — five and six, for example — gave bettors two chances to obtain a smaller yet still handsome payday.

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Defense wins championships

The “under” has enjoyed a party in this series.

Every game has landed below the prop total, which has usually been 5.5. Fox Bet took the extraordinary step of listing tonight’s over-under at 4.5.

There have been 11 goals scored in four games, fewer than three per contest. That’s both teams combined.

Attribute that to the Flyers wanting to neutralize the speed of the faster Canadiens. They have played a tighter-checking, more conservative game, especially in the neutral zone.

Philadelphia has won all three of its games this way. Montreal’s lone victory was a freewheeling 5-0 triumph in Game 2.

Montreal has not scored a goal in an astounding 129 minutes and 25 seconds — or midway through the third period in Game 2, or last Friday.

Flyers offense is lagging, but does it matter?

Before yesterday, the Flyers had set an NHL record by having a 2-1 series lead despite having scored only three goals in the first three games. Philadelphia triumphed 2-1 and 1-0, sandwiched around a 5-0 blitzing by the Canadians in Game 2.

The Flyers have scored five goals in the four games of this matchup. A team should be losing a series with those numbers. But instead, the Flyers have a stranglehold on this one.

It’s been tough for most gamblers to collect on Philadelphia for individual games. The Flyers have been substantially favored on the moneyline.

In the more attractive 1.5 goals line, in which they must win by two goals, Philadelphia is 1-3 covering that bet. That cover came in Game 4.

Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 5 intangibles

Montreal players were frustrated by media questions concerning how they went from a 5-0 Game 2 victory to back-to-back shutouts.

They looked uptight. How are they going to respond to a win-or-go-home situation?

The Flyers are 6-1 during the NHL restart, including seedings-round victories over league stalwarts the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the six wins, they have allowed an amazing — get ready for this — four goals.

They have only allowed more than one goal one time in the entire restart. That’s how a series and a Stanley Cup can be won.

Power outage: Flyers need a big scorer

The team’s biggest weakness is its league-worst 1-for-28 performance on the power play during the restart.

Philadelphia sorely needs the presence of an Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals star who led the league with 48 goals. The Flyers had more players over 20, but none over 25.

They don’t have a prolific scorer.

Looking behind the power-play numbers, Philadelphia did show some passion in its last two power-play opportunities and nearly scored on Tuesday.

Why they have struggled

The Flyers are pressing. Ivan Provorov is effective at getting them into the offensive zone on the power play, but the Flyers are waiting too long for the perfect opportunity.

They are taking precious few shots from the slot. They have to fire the puck on goal more quickly. That would at least lead to some rebound chances.

Flyers players who are due to score

The Flyers had four players with more than 20 goals during the regular season. But they have seen no playoff goals from their leaders, including Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes, Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux.

On the DraftKings line for Game 5, Hayes is +295 to score, Giroux is +265, Konecny is +250 and Couturier is +240. Jakub Voracek, who has two goals in the series, is +389.

They would be attractive to isolate in a prop, as well as getting a goal in a Flyers victory.

Canadiens-Flyers best bets: thinking outside the box

The Canadiens will have to play desperate hockey. They have been bolstered by Carey Price, who is an excellent goaltender.

But they will have to take more chances than in Games 3 and 4 and probably leave themselves more vulnerable.

In four games, there has never been a first period in which both teams scored.

That prop has chances, and the yes is +270 at DraftKings. The Flyers have scored in the first period in three of the four games.

Things are falling into place beautifully for the Flyers.

By virtue of having the No. 1 seed, they will play the lowest-ranked survivor of the three other playoff rounds. They will be rooting hard for the New York Islanders to bounce the Capitals.

The Isles lead the series three games to one and had a 2-0 lead last night in Game 4, but they lost 3-2.

Seeing the Capitals knocked out would be welcome news for the Flyers.

Get Gritty With It: Philadelphia Flyers Soar Into Top Spot For 2020 Stanley Cup

As the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers are a big attraction at NJ sportsbooks. Here’s a look at the Flyers’ Stanley Cup odds.

Philadelphia Flyers mania is heating up.

And it has nothing to do with Gritty being the NHL’s most popular mascot. Case in point:

Being a Philly pro sports team with a legitimate shot of winning a championship has fans pretty excited.

Check out the Stanley Cup championship odds at any of the 18 New Jersey online sportsbooks. The Flyers are at the top across the board.

And there is a very good reason why.

Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.

Guess which team is now favored to win the Eastern Conference?

The road to the championship begins Wednesday night. Up first is a best-of-seven series with the Montreal Canadiens.

Flyers getting hot at the right time

Prior to the NHL restart, the Flyers’ odds of winning it all were at +1000 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

That line is now at +550, and that is good enough for tops on the board with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Flyers arrived in Toronto as the No. 4 in the East.

Things kept improving from there. The Flyers opened round-robin play with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins.

They followed it up with a strong showing against the Washington Capitals, winning 3-1.

Plus, it’s hard to forget the Lightning game that earned Philadelphia the top draw.

If the trends keep going this way, the Flyers are going to be a tough team to beat.

Philadelphia Flyers + NJ sports betting outlook

So forget about the Flyers’ 41 regular-season victories. The season now comes down to winning four games in the best-of-seven series.

In these “new normal” times, all of the games are taking place inside the Toronto NHL bubble.

Plus, there are no fans in attendance. So even though the Flyers have home team advantage in games one and two, it doesn’t carry the same weight as in previous seasons.

The Flyers are 2-1 against the Canadiens this season, but the two teams have not played each other since January.

And depending on the sportsbook, the puck line for Game 1 ranges between Flyers -1 and -1.5.

Here is a closer look at some of the NJ sports betting odds heading into the Eastern Conference quarterfinals (all odds as of 12:30 p.m. EST Aug. 11):

NJ sportsbook Game 1 vs. Canadiens - puck lineGame 1 vs. Canadiens - moneylineCanadiens vs. Flyers -
series odds
Flyers - Eastern
Conference odds
DraftKings -1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-148 Flyers
+128 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+195 Canadiens
+250
FanDuel-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-160 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+192 Canadiens
+280
Fox Bet-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-154 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
-225 Flyers
+180 Canadiens
+320
BetMGM-1 Flyers
+1 Canadiens
-167 Flyers
+140 Canadiens
-250 Flyers
+210 Canadiens
+300
PointsBet-1.5 Flyers
+1.5 Canadiens
-160 Flyers
+135 Canadiens
--+350
SugarHouse-1 Flyers
+1 Canadiens
-152 Flyers
+125 Canadiens
-240 Flyers
+195 Canadiens
+250

Round 1: Flyers vs. Canadiens

The Flyers series against the Canadiens is an intriguing one. Being the No. 1 seed, Philly is now the team everyone in the East is chasing.

Then there are the Canadiens, who arrived in Toronto as the No. 12 seed. It was rightfully assumed that Montreal would not make it past the play-in round.

That was before the Canadiens took the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the No. 5 seed. By winning the series in four games, they jumped up to the No. 8 seed.

And even though they are still heavy underdogs, the Canadiens have proven they’re capable of pulling an upset.

NJ sportsbooks, however, are giving the heavy advantage to the Flyers.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Flyers at -240 to win the series, while the Canadiens come in +192.

The week ahead: Flyers playoff schedule

Yes, there are a plethora of NHL futures wagers available in the state. And this goes for the entire postseason as well as each of the eight series.

Bettors looking to put some money down on Game 1 will find plenty of options. Before we get into that, here is a look at the Flyers-Canadiens series schedule:

  • Game 1: Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 2: Friday, 3 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 3: Sunday, 8 p.m., NBC
  • Game 4: Aug. 18, 3 p.m., NBCSN
  • Game 5: Aug. 19, TBD*
  • Game 6: Aug. 21, TBD*
  • Game 7: Aug. 23, TBD*

*If necessary 

Now, there are a number of different ways to bet the series.

For example, at BetMGM Sportsbook, there is a three-team parlay. All that needs to happen is the Flyers, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche all win their respective games tomorrow. The odds are +475.

And here some other wagers for the Flyers-Canadiens series from BetMGM:

  • In which period will the most goals be scored?
  • Who will be the first goalscorer in the game (including overtime)?
  • Which team will be the first to reach three goals (regular time only)?
  • Who will win the first period?

Philadelphia Flyers fans are hungry for a Cup

There is little doubt the Philadelphia Flyers are going to attract a significant amount of the NHL betting handle.

Forget about the fact that the team is favored. The Flyers’ last Stanley Cup victory came 45 years ago. Ever since winning back-to-back championships in 1974 and ’75, the franchise has experienced a very long drought.

You know, the kind Philly pro sports fans are all too familiar with.

Philadelphia’s last Stanley Cup Finals appearance came in 2010. The Chicago Blackhawks won the series four games to two.

Add in a shutdown as a result of a global pandemic, and the desire to wager on the Flyers grows even more.

According to SugarHouse Sportsbook, hockey was the second most popular weekday sport to bet on last week among New Jersey and Pennsylvania customers. NBA betting claimed the top spot.

And heading into the weekend, the Flyers were the most popular team to bet on, getting 17% of all NHL bets. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins were second with 14%, followed by the Blackhawks at 13%.

Flyers and Stanley Cup odds

It should come as no surprise that bettors are putting money down on the Flyers. Some will go with the puck line in tomorrow night’s game, while others are picking Philly to win it all.

But there are 16 teams still alive. The Flyers winning it all is not a guarantee.

Here is a look at the Stanley Cup odds from four NJ sports betting apps (all odds as of 12:30 p.m. EST Aug. 11):

Team DraftKings FanDuelFox BetBetMGM
Flyers +550+600+600+650
Golden Knights +550+600+450+600
Avalanche +650+600+550+600
Lightning +800+700+700+650
Bruins +850+800+800+750
Blues +1000+1100+1200+1000
Capitals +1200+1300+1000+1200
Hurricanes +1300+1600+1100+1800
Stars +1700+1600+1400+1600
Flames +2000+1900+1800+2000
Canucks +2000+2100+1800+2400
Islanders +2300+2100+1600+3000
Blackhawks +3200+3200+3300+3300
Blue Jackets +3200+3000+2200+2800
Canadians 3200+3300+3000+3300
Coyotes +3200+3300+2200+3300

Let the chanting begin.

 

Flyers, Eagles, Sixers Or Phillies: Which Team Has The Best Chance At A Championship?

The Flyers, Phillies and Sixers will all be back in action by this weekend. The Eagles kick off in September. The odds of a championship run vary for each.

Which Philadelphia sports team is most likely to bring a trophy home this year?

The question gains relevance for two reasons. One, the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies will have resumed their seasons as of the upcoming weekend, while the Eagles are never off the betting radar.

And two, all of the teams are good.

Let’s rank title chances with personal analysis and odds at major NJ online sports betting apps, including DraftKings and FanDuel. All odds are as of July 28.

The Philly team with the best chance of a title may not be the team that immediately comes to mind.

Flyers: Can they win the Stanley Cup in 2020?

Stanley Cup OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Flyers+1000+1100+1100+1050+1000+2500

Bet you didn’t know the Flyers were THE hottest team in the entire NHL before the COVID-19 shut down in March.

They had a 9-1 run, advanced to 89 points and had joined the league’s elite. They went almost a month without losing a game.

Only the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights have shorter odds than the Flyers.

Philadelphia has the same odds as the St. Louis Blues, the defending Stanley Cup champions, at FanDuel Sportsbook. Over at BetMGM, the Blues have the higher odds.

Still, the Flyers are in the top 10 for a Stanley Cup run.

This is a young team that improved dramatically on defense this season and has magic with first-year head coach Alain Vigneault. He piloted the New York Rangers to the Cup finals in 2014, and his teams historically enjoy a first-season spike.

The Flyers have four 20-goal scorers in Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes. Goaltender Carter Hart is capable of leading this team all the way to the Stanley Cup.

What might deny them? The team does not have a prolific individual scorer, and backup goalie Brian Elliott is too big of a drop-off.

Uncertain intangible? The puck has not been dropped in nearly five months.

Good intangible? The Flyers are a strong team at home and away. That should carry over into a neutral site, such as Toronto, where they will play all their Eastern Conference postseason games.

The Flyers are on the right track to win their first Stanley Cup since 1974-75. Is this the time, or are they still a year away?

Eagles: Can the Birds make a return to the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Eagles+2000+1900+2000+2000+2000+2000

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Eagles and Sixers at roughly the same odds to hoist a championship trophy.

I lean toward the Eagles ahead of the Sixers because they have a Super Bowl triumph and two playoff appearances in the last three seasons.

This is an elite December team, and had quarterback Carson Wentz not been injured early in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks last year, they may have advanced to the next round.

The team has discipline and character. It is strong at the tight-end position. The Eagles need a power back, a marquee receiver and stability at quarterback.

Wentz continues to tease Eagles backers, but he hasn’t been the same in his last two seasons back from injury. And now that his playoff injury from last year is on the ledger, his durability is a major question mark.

So is his mobility, without which his passing will suffer. Wentz is not on the level of a Patrick Mahomes or Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterbacks from February’s Super Bowl.

Nonetheless, he manages a game well. Wentz has nearly three touchdowns per interception over his four-year career. That’s an exceptional ratio. He’s done this without a stellar wide-receiving group.

If the Eagles keep him healthy and supply protection in the form of a running game and breakout receiver, they will become a Super Bowl threat again.

Sixers: What are the odds they’ll be 2020 NBA champs?

NBA Finals OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia 76ers+2000+2000+1800+2000+2000+2500

Will the real Sixers please stand up?

The Sixers have a 39-26 record broken into two startling sections as they prepare for the end-of-season games and the post-season in Orlando, FL.

At home, they are the best team in the NBA. How about 29-2? That’s better than the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks, the +250 title co-favorites at DraftKings. That’s better than the Los Angeles Clippers, the next best at BetMGM, +325.

Yet the Sixers are 20-1 at most NJ sportsbooks for a championship because of two words: the road.

There, they are worse than the nonplayoff-bound New York Knicks, who are 21-45 overall, just 10-23 on the road.

Go figure the contrast: better than the Lakers, worse than the Knicks.

Philadelphia will probably land between their home and road extremes at the neutral site. On a given night, they can beat anyone and should be fully healthy now. But can they do it often enough?

This Sixers rise and fall with the outside shooting of their players. This is a tall team that plays away from the basket.

The Sixers have stars. Joel Emblid averages 23.4 points a game. Ben Simmons clicks at 58% field-goal percentage and averages 16.4 per game. He declared himself 100% healthy after a four-month rehab for his ailing back. Tobias Harris chips in more than 19 points a game.

Matisse Thybulle can get scorching hot off the bench in a hurry.

A prevailing sentiment before the mid-March shutdown was that if the Sixers could steal a road game in a playoff series, they would capture that series. Even for a championship.

This team may be a year or so away from their best performance, but their theme song, “Here Come the Sixers,” is appropriate. They’re coming.

Phillies: To be or not to be at the 2020 World Series?

World Series OddsDraftKingsFanDuelFox BetPointsBetSugarHouseBetMGM
Philadelphia Phillies+3000+3200+3000+2500+3000+2500

Excitement reigned when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper before last season. And they became the talk of the baseball world at 33-22 early last year.

But their bullpen failed miserably, and this team ran out of gas. They finished 81-81, or 11 games under .500 for roughly two-thirds of the season.

Nothing indicates they will rise much beyond .500, despite the heavy amount of over 31.5 season-wins backers at New Jersey sportsbooks for the 60-game season.

Off-season pickups this year included manager Joe Girardi, who will elevate the team. Didi Gregorious will help at shortstop, and Zack Wheeler was a good pitching pickup, but this team needed a Gerrit Cole.

There are some nice pieces to this team, but they don’t all fit together. The Phillies need more speed at the top of their order and a lights-out closer.

This is a reasonably good team, but probably not good enough.

The Puck Has Yet To Drop But NHL Betting Is Already On The Rise At DraftKings

NHL betting may be in its infancy after the pandemic shutdown in March, but DraftKings Sportsbook is showing early trends on the top teams including the Flyers.

The NJ sports betting market is slowly building toward its summer relaunch.

And by relaunch, we mean the NHL and NBA will be back. It also seems highly likely Major League Baseball will return to the fold at some point.

DraftKings Sportsbook customers are so excited about the return, that NHL betting action is picking up before the schedule is even released.

Stanley Cup odds shift at DraftKings

If we go back to March 10, just days prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Philadelphia Flyers odds of winning the Stanley Cup were at +1400.

The current DraftKings odds are +900.

The New York Islanders, on the other hand, went from +3500 to +4000. The line on the New York Rangers remains at +4000.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are the biggest longshot of the 10 teams with odds of +2700. Back in March, the line was at +2000.

Being ranked among the top four teams in the East, the Flyers are playing in a round-robin with three other teams to determine seeding. This explains the lower odds.

The other three franchises mentioned, on the other hand, must first advance out of the qualifying round.

So there is a chance all three of these teams could be eliminated before the traditional Stanley Cup bracket begins.

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NHL betting trends at DraftKings

NHL betting doesn’t come close to generating the interest that the NFL and NBA does.

Then again, we are entering unfamiliar territory in the NJ sports betting world.

Seriously, when 2020 started, who would’ve predicted that a global pandemic would lead to a four-month shutdown of professional sports?

With that being said, there is a chance that once NHL teams open training camps, the wagering action could pick up.

But looking at the current DraftKings trends, none of the teams are attracting a significant amount of handle or bets. Take a look:

nhl betting

The Flyers and Washington Capitals, for instance, are drawing 14% of handle. The Colorado Avalanche are next at 12%.

Again, not eye-opening numbers. And no clear betting favorite.

But the team from the Centennial State currently has 15% of the bets.

The Boston Bruins are second at 14%, while the Flyers’ action is at 12%.

Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the NHL to drop the puck.