Flyers Playoff Odds: Can Top-Seeded Philly Skate to First Stanley Cup Victory Since ’75?

Posted on August 12, 2020 - Last Updated on September 5, 2020

Will it be bye-bye NHL bubble or hello, Eastern Conference finals for the Philadelphia Flyers?

Despite trailing the New York Islanders 3-1, the Flyers forced a Game 7 thanks an overtime and double-overtime win.

The Flyers have leaned heavily on their 22-year-old goalie Carter Hart. He made made 49 saves in Game 6 and will have to turn another stellar performance tonight if the Flyers are going to advance. There are also questions regarding the Flyers lineup. Sean Couturier missed Game 6 and his status remains uncertain.

Upon the NHL’s restart, bettors liked the Flyers’ chances of winning the Eastern Conference and making a Stanley Cup appearance. After their romp through the round robin, the Flyers were the favorite to win the Eastern Conference at Pennsylvania online sportsbooks. To start Round 2 of the playoffs the Flyers had the second-best odds (+250), to win the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins were the current favorite to win (+130).

Flyers’ Stanley Cup odds as of Sept. 5 are +750 and +450 to win the Eastern Conference.

Flyers a favorite with bettors. But Islanders see odds improve

With eight teams left, the Flyers and Avalanche led the way in most outright championship bets at BetRivers. Now, the Flyers, Avs and their backers are on the brink of elimination. (The Dallas Stars lead the series vs. the Avs 3-1, too).

Over the weekend at BetRivers online sportsbook, the Flyers were the most popular NHL side of the weekend, getting over 24% of all NHL bets. No team has improved its championship odds more than the Islanders over the past seven days, going from +750 to +500 to win the Stanley Cup, the third shortest current odds behind the Golden Knights (+175) and the Lightning (+240).

For the Flyers’ 2020 postseason, Play Pennsylvania will regularly post and update their odds at PA sports betting apps and update how they fared each game. For more on hockey wagering, see our NHL betting guide.

Philadelphia Flyers promos and bet boosts

Promos and bet boosts at PA online sportsbooks for Sept. 5.

DraftKings boosts

  • Islanders to win by two or more goals boosted from (+205) to +235
  • Barzal to score and Islanders to win boosted from (+360) to +405

BetRivers House Specials

  • Claude Giroux to score a goal & Flyers to win (yes) +450

Fox Bet PA boosts

  • Super Boost: Philadelphia Flyers to score a goal boosted to +100
  • Philly Special: Kyle Lowry over 19.5 points and Flyers to win boosted to +300
  • Konecny to score 2 or more goals boosted from (+900) to +1000
  • Pageau to score a goal and Islanders to win boosted from (+375) to +425
  • Couturier to score a goal and Flyers to win boosted from (+500) to +550
  • Islanders to win in overtime boosted from (+500) to +600
  • Flyers to win in overtime boosted from (+500) to +600
  • Konecny to score 2 or more goals boosted from (+900) to +1000

New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers playoff betting preview

The top-seeded Flyers disposed of the pesky Montreal Canadiens in six games in the opening round of the NHL playoffs. The Flyers only mustered 11 goals over the course of six games and rallied behind stellar defense and the play of goaltender Carter Hart. Since they have returned to play, the Flyers are 7-2.

The No. 6 seed New York Islanders beat the No. 3 seed Washington Capitals in five games. They also benefitted from solid goaltending as Semyon Varlamov only allowed eight goals during the series. The Flyers’ offense, especially their top-regular season snipers, struggled to score in the opening series. The Islanders had no such problems, scoring 17 in their opening series.

Islanders vs. Flyers betting stats and trends

The Islanders are 3-0 against the Flyers this season. But keep in mind, before their playoff matchup, the Canadiens beat the Flyers in three of their five meetings.

Here are some betting trends (via DraftKings) to consider prior to making your wagers:

  • The Flyers cover the puck line 60.3% of the time, the Islanders 49.4%
  • As favorites, the Flyers are 27-9-1. As underdogs, the Islanders are 16-11-5.
  • Each of the last eight night games between the Islanders and the Flyers have gone OVER the total goals line.
  • The “OVER 1.5 goals period 1” market has hit in each of the last nine games between the Islanders and the Flyers.

Islanders–Flyers Series Betting

DraftKings has four markets for betting on the outcome of the best-of-seven series.

Series winner odds as of Aug. 12:

NYI: +108
PHL: -129

Other series markets include total games played, exact outcome of series and series spread.

New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers first-round schedule

(All times Eastern)

Game 6: Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.
Game 7: Saturday, Sept. 5, TBD *if necessary

Islanders vs. Flyers game odds and betting results

Here, we check in on pre-game odds and betting results for each game in the Flyers series vs. the Islanders.

Sept. 5: Islanders vs. Flyers

Moneyline: NYI: (-140)/PHI: (+125)
Spread: NYI: -1.5 (+210)/PHI: +1.5 (-250)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+155)/Under: (-180)

Betting info from DraftKings

  • The Flyers have won the second period in 11 of their last 16 games as underdogs against Metropolitan opponent.
  • As an underdog the Flyers are 23-16-6. As a favorite, the Islanders are 28-14-7.
  • Each of the Islanders’ last eight Saturday night games have gone UNDER the total goals line.

Sept. 3: Flyers vs. Islanders

Moneyline: PHL: (+125)/NYI: (+140)
Spread: PHL: -1.5 (+250)/NYI: +1.5 (-210)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+130)/Under: (-155)

Final score: Flyers 5, Islanders 4
Winning bets: PHI (+125), OVER

Player prop info:

Goals: Hayes, van Riemsdyk, Raffl, Laughton, Provorov

Sept. 1: Islanders vs. Flyers

Moneyline: NYI: (-130)/PHI: (+110)
Spread: NYI: -1.5 (+240)/PHI: +1.5 (-290)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+140)/Under: (-165)

Final score: Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)
Winning bets: PHL (+100), OVER

Player prop info:

Goals: Giroux, van Riemsdyk, Niskanen, Laughton

Aug. 30: Flyers vs. Islanders

Moneyline: PHI: (+105)/NYI: (-130)
Spread: PHI: +1.5 (-290)/NYI: -1.5 (+240)
Total: 5.5 – Over: (+135)/Under: (-160)

Final score: Islanders 3, Flyers 2
Winning bets: NYI (-130), UNDER

Player prop info:

Goals: Couturier, Provorov

Aug. 29: Flyers vs. Islanders

Moneyline: PHI: (-105)/NYI: (-115)
Spread: PHI: +1.5 (-310)/NYI: -1.5 (+250)
Total: 5.5 – Over: (+135) I Under: (-160)

Final score: Islanders 3, Flyers 1
Winning bets: NYI (-115), UNDER

Player prop info:

Goals: Pitlick

Aug. 26: Islanders vs Flyers

Moneyline: NYI: (+100)/PHI: (-120)
Spread: NYI: +1.5 (-310)/PHI: -1.5 (+250)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (-140)/Under: (+165)

Final score: Flyers 4, Islanders 3
Winning bets: PHI (-120), OVER

Player prop info:

Goals: Hayes (2), Couturier, Myers

Aug. 24: Islanders vs. Flyers

Moneyline: NYI: (+100)/PHI: (-120)
Spread: NYI: +1.5 (-280)/PHI: -1.5 (+230)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+100)/Under: (-120)

Final score: Islanders 4, Flyers 0
Winning bets: NYI +100, UNDER

FanDuel and the Flyers

At the NHL’s restart, the longshot Rangers were the top choice of bettors to win the Cup, followed by the Flyers. The Rangers didn’t make it out of their qualifying series.

On August 11, The biggest liabilities for FanDuel in the Stanley Cup market are the Blackhawks, Blue Jackets and Flyers. On August 21, a FanDuel rep said the Flyers are the sportsbook’s biggest liability in the Stanley Cup market.

Top Five NHL teams by bet count since start of playoffs:

  • Flyers
  • Bruins
  • Islanders
  • Lightning
  • Avalanche

Top Five NHL teams by handle since start of playoffs:

  • Flyers
  • Bruins
  • Lightning
  • Stars
  • Islanders

The largest bets on the Flyers since the restart are:

  • July: $909 at +1100 to return $10,908
  • August: $1200 at +850 to return $12,600

Round One Canadiens vs. Flyers game odds and betting results

Let’s check in on the Flyers’ odds and see how those moneyline and over/under bets are working out. (Results of round-robin betting here).

Aug. 12: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: MTL (+135)/PHL (-160)
Total: Over 5.5 (-120)/Under 5.5 (-140)
Public betting percentages at numberFire: 99% of bets and 99% money for Philadelphia Flyers

Final score: Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
Winning bets: PHI (-160), UNDER
Flyers player prop info:

Goals: Farabee, Vorachek

Aug. 14: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: MTL (+140)/PHL (-165)
Total: Over 5.5 (+135)/Under 5.5 (-160)
Public betting percentages at numberFire: 94% of bets and 95% money for Philadelphia Flyers

Final score: Canadiens 5, Flyers 0
Winning bets: MTL (+140), UNDER

Aug. 16: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Moneyline: MTL: (+115)/PHI: (-140)
Spread:
MTL: +1.5 (-250)/PHI: -1.5 (+210)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+120)/Under: (-140)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages 
via oddsFireMTL: 4%/PHI: 96%

Final score: Flyers 1, Canadiens 0
Winning bets: PHI (-140), UNDER
Flyers player prop info:

Goal: Voracek

Aug. 18: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens

Moneyline: MTL: (+115)/PHI: (-135)
Spread:
MTL: +1.5 (-240)/PHI: -1.5 (+200)
Total:
5.5 – Over: (+135)/Under: (-160)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages 
via oddsFireMTL: 6%/PHI: 94%

Final score: Flyers 2, Canadiens 0
Winning bets: PHI (-135), UNDER
Flyers player prop info:

Goals: Raffl, Myers

Aug. 19: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: MTL: (+120)/PHI: (-140)
Spread:
MTL: +1.5 (-270)/PHI: -1.5 (+220)
Total:
4.5 – Over: (-170)/Under: (+145)

Final score: Canadiens 5, Flyers 3
Winning bets: MTL (+120), OVER
Flyers player prop info:

Goals: Voracek (2), Farabee

Aug. 21: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: PHI: (-140)/MTL: (+120)
Spread:
PHI: -1.5 (+210)/MTL: +1.5 (-250)
Total:
4.5 – Over: (-180)/Under: (+155)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages 
via oddsFirePHI: 90%/MTL: 10%

Final score: Flyers 3, Canadiens 2
Winning bets: PHI (-140), OVER
Flyers player prop info:

Goals: Provorov, Hayes, Raffl

Conn Smythe for Carter?

Before the start of round-robin play, Nathan MacKinnon (+1400), Nikita Kucherov (+1500) and Tuukka Rask (+1700) were the favorites to win the Conn Smythe at DraftKings.

Flyers listed with Conn Smythe odds at the time were:

  • Sean Couturier: +2700
  • Claude Giroux: +4000
  • Carter Hart: +5000

Hart’s stellar play heading into Round 2 of the playoffs (4-1, 1.51 GAA, .949 SV%) had him at +800, second to MacKinnon (+625) to win the prize.

The Flyers’ last Conn Smythe winner was Ron Hextall in 1987, a year when the Flyers lost the Stanley Cup. Bernie Parent was the Conn Smythe winner during their back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974-75, and Reggie Leach claimed the prize the next year, though the Flyers lost the Stanley Cup series.

Tracking the Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup odds

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