The opener for the first playoff series between the Flyers and Islanders in more than three decades is set for tonight. Here are the details:
What: Game 1, Eastern Conference semifinals
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
TV: NBCSN. Radio: 97.5-FM The Fanatic. Streaming: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app.
History lesson: This will be the first postseason meeting since the 1987 Patrick Division Finals when the Flyers beat the Isles in seven. New York forced Game 7 after being down 3-1. The Flyers scored three goals in the first period of the finale, including shorthanded tallies by Brian Propp and Brad Marsh 44 seconds apart. Philadelphia also beat the Isles in 1975 and 1985, but the Isles won the 1980 Stanley Cup by beating the Flyers in six games. ... The Islanders won all three meetings this season -- twice in regulation, once in a shootout.
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From the sportsbooks: FanDuel and William Hill (-120) had the smallest odds for the Flyers to win Game 1 of a handful of bookies sampled by the Inquirer on Monday morning. The Flyers are around -130 to win the series. FanDuel also had them at 7-1 to win the Stanley Cup. The other houses were between 6-1 to 6.5-1. The Islanders are 10-1 to win the Cup.
Numerology: Teams that win Game 1 of a best-of-seven have gone on to win 68.8% of NHL series. In this year’s first round, Game 1 winners went 7-1 for the series. Dallas was the only team to lose its opener and rally to win the series.
Final word: ”Could have been easy to just get frustrated and try to go on our own page,” said Sean Couturier, one of several key Flyers held without a goal against Montreal. “We stuck together through adversity in that first round and came out on top. Now we just have to stick together again and build off that first round. Obviously find that other level.”