The Philadelphia Flyers will play the New York Islanders tonight as both teams look to get back on track
There is no time for the Philadelphia Flyers to lick their wounds, and they will need to get back on track ASAP tonight against the Islanders. The Flyers are coming off a decisive loss to the Penguins on Saturday, as the Penguins suddenly look distant in the standings up by 8 points. The Flyers are 3 points behind Detroit for the final playoff spot, as well.
The Islanders playoff position is much more secure than the Flyers’, but they are in the midst of a very poor stretch. The Islanders are 1-3-2 over their last 6 games, and have since fallen behind the Penguins by 3 points in the standings. The Islanders have 2 games in hand to work with, however.
Focusing on the Flyers lineup, the Flyers are expected to use the same lineup as Saturday. That means Jakub Voracek will skate with Nick Cousins and Michael Raffl, not Sean Couturier. Couturier himself missed the morning skate, but coach Dave Hakstol says he will definitely play.
There is also bit of pressure on Steve Mason tonight. He took the loss against Pittsburgh, although he bears little blame for the loss. The real pressure is the Michal Neuvirth, robbing the Philadelphia Flyers of their insurance policy in net who has been such a great plan B this season. Regardless, Mason would surely tell you he wants the net to himself down the stretch and welcomes the challenge.
The 2 teams have played 3 games earlier this season. In the first game, the Islanders held the Flyers to only 18 shots on goal en route to a 3-1 win. In the second meeting, Steve Mason was pulled as the Flyers fell behind early. The Flyers dominated the rest of the game, but the Islanders ultimately took the “W” again in a shootout. In the third and most recent meeting, the Flyers finally won one, controlling the game and winning comfortably, 4-0. Steve Mason grabbed the shutout in that one.
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