Dylan Ryan’s gambling corner: Thursday September 3rd

I have been HOT this week betting the puck. I’ve been deadly accurate with my two team parlays hitting on Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately forgot to blog about those picks, I guess that’s just what happens when you say “fuck it! I’ve got a good feeling about this let’s do it” ten minutes before the first game starts. Well Wednesday didn’t even have two games so I went with my gut and bet on Nathan Mackinnon to score a goal and the Avalanche to win with about 5 minutes to go before puck drop. That beautiful Canadian Mackinnon got an empty netter and the Avalanche won 4-1.

Well today we’ve got two Stanley Cup playoff games, the Flyers versus the Islanders, and the Knights versus Canucks. So had to ride the hot hand and come up with a two team parlay. Honestly both games are intriguing matchups.

Will Mathew Barzal be available for the Islanders? Right now he’s questionable, which could mean anything in terms of hockey injury reports. My pick in that game depends on whether or not Barzal is playing, he’s the engine that drives the Islanders scoring, without him I don’t see the Islanders winning tonight. Although, Sean Couturier is another scoring engine that might not play tonight for the Flyers, so the team that can adjust to not having a top scoring forward better will win. Uh, no duh.

For the Canucks can Thatcher Demko play lights out like he did in game five? The Canucks got outshot 3-1 in game five and won due to Demko’s phenomenal play, if the Canucks are outshot 3-1 again no way they win tonight. The Canucks can win the game, but they’re going to have to limit shots and get more pucks on the Knights net to help out their own goalie. Knights did every possible thing to win game five, if they do the exact same thing in game six they’ll be able to put more than one goal past Demko this time round.

Let’s get to the picks already.

The first game is of course the East Coast game, Islanders versus Flyers. So what’s the deal with Barzal? What about Couturier?

Mat Barzal will be a game time decision. #Isles — Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) September 3, 2020