New York Islanders center Leo Komarov (47) and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) battle for position in front of Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Toronto.
New York Islanders center Leo Komarov (47) and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) battle for position in front of Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Toronto. |Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP
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Bet the NHL Playoffs: Greg Frank thinks the Flyers will rebound in Game 5 against the Islanders

The Flyers and Islanders drop the puck at 7 pm EDT.

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Islanders (-114) @ Flyers (5)

Pick: Flyers +104

The Islanders look to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 1993 tonight as they enter Game 5 against the Flyers holding a 3-1 series lead in the second round matchup. There is no doubt New York has earned this opportunity and deserves to have a stranglehold on Philadelphia heading into Tuesday’s game. However, while the Isles took Game 4 by a 3-2 final on Sunday, the Flyers’ performance suggested the momentum in the series was about to change course. New York was far superior at even strength in Games 1 and 3 and won both of them without much sweat.

That wasn’t the case in Game 4 as the Flyers had more high-danger chances at 5-on-5 than the Islanders and more expected goals. From an effort standpoint, Philly played with more desperation and its much-maligned top line of Sean Couturier centering Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek got a goal and had several chances for more. Backup netminder Thomas Greiss was just too good for New York in Game 4 and the Islanders took advantage of some defensive miscues from the Flyers on each of their goals.

Give New York credit, they’re opportunistic offensively and play such a great defensive structure for coach Barry Trotz. But Game 4 was a sign that the Flyers are starting to figure things out and I expect their effort to be good again tonight. It’s unlikely Philly gets all the way back in this series, but I expect them to make New York feel some pressure and will back the Flyers tonight as short underdogs.

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