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Flyers still betting underdogs heading into Game 7

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Anybody know if any big-boy pants are still in stock?

My guess is no. I’m assuming the Flyers have bought up the entire supply.

The numbers gave them little chance when down 3-1 to the Islanders in their second-round series. In fact, teams down by that very deficit in the quarterfinal round are 7-80 to rally to win the series — that’s an 8 percent chance. The Flyers aren’t the only team giving the Heisman to history: the Avalanche and Canucks are hoping to complete the very same feat on Friday.

All three of the Flyers' wins against New York have come in overtime, the first time they’ve done that in the same playoff series in franchise history. Momentum is on their side after handing the Islanders two straight deflating defeats. That can only mean, from a betting perspective, that the Flyers are the favorites in Game 7, right?

Not so fast. On all the major sportsbooks, including PointsBet, the orange and black opened as the underdogs. PointsBet has the Flyers' money line at +110 ($100 winning bet pays $110), while the Islanders are -130 ($130 winning bet pays $100). The over/under on total goals opened at five.

The Delaware Valley’s hearts probably can’t take a fifth overtime in this series, but odds are at +290 for Game 7 to go extra frames ($100 winning bet pays $290). In their history, the Flyers are 1-1 in Game 7 overtimes and 9-7 overall in Game 7s.

The orange and black are one of eight teams in league history to stave off elimination in back-to-back games by an overtime win in each game. If Game 7 goes to OT and the Flyers are victorious, they would become only the second team ever to win four games by overtime in a playoff series. You have to go back to 1951, when the Maple Leafs achieved that feat against the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

In the meantime, try to enjoy the ride and hopefully come Saturday night, we’ll be raising our martini glasses one more time to Alain Vigneault’s bunch while sporting our big-boy pants.