“Just continue believing in each other and we’ll come back here, boys.”
No truer words spoken then when Scott Laughton addressed the Flyers in the locker room after his Game 5 overtime goal.
Via the Flyers' official Twitter account:
History shows the Flyers have a good chance of having this second-round playoff series against the Islanders go the distance. Teams trailing 3-2 in the NHL’s second round have won 50 percent of the Game 6 matchups. A 50-50 chance to get to Game 7 is about all the Flyers can ask while on the brink of elimination. However, teams down 3-2 in the quarterfinals have won only 22 percent of the series (25-87).
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and keep the focus on Game 6. PointsBet has opened the Islanders as a slight money line favorite at -115, while the Flyers are at -105. A $105 winning bet on the orange and black pays $100.
A decent-sized payday is in store if one thinks the Flyers can rally back from the 3-1 series deficit. PointsBet has the Flyers listed at +265 to move on to the Eastern Conference Final ($100 winning bet pays $265), while the Islanders are -371 favorites. The Flyers are looking to rally from a 3-1 hole for the second time in franchise history. They’ve accomplished that feat only once in 18 prior occasions.
There's no word yet on the status of Selke Trophy finalist Sean Couturier for Game 6 after a collision that appeared to cause a lower-body injury. Meanwhile, it seems like New York’s Mathew Barzal will be good to go Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSN) after taking a stick to the eye on the follow through from Claude Giroux.
Despite forcing a Game 6, the Flyers find themselves with even larger odds to win the Stanley Cup, per PointsBet. They are listed at 33-1 ($100 winning bet pays $3,300) when the other day their number was at 30-1.
Prior to Game 5, Alain Vigneault told the Flyers to wear their “big-boy pants.” They certainly listened. Hopefully they are getting those big-boy pants dry-cleaned with the intention of strapping them back on Thursday night.