After the postponement of Thursday’s game, the Flyers will resume their series against the Islanders on Saturday.
The players took a stand when they spoke up about postponing playoff games on Thursday and Friday. After the league allows each team the chance to sit out one game, the games will resume on Saturday. That includes the Flyers third game against the Islanders.
This change in schedule now gives them a back to back this weekend instead of the one they would’ve finished on Thursday. The move will almost certainly give us back the original Carter Hart and Semyon Varlamov matchup.
There was a chance one or even both of them might not have played on Thursday night. Varlamov had been pulled before the end of the first on Wednesday. For Hart, he had seen games on six of 10 nights.
The rest of the series between the Flyers and Islanders has been slightly altered to accommodate. Originally the afternoon game this weekend, the series now gets the night game on Saturday.
Game 3: Saturday, August 29 – 7 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, August 30 – 8 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, September 1 – 7 p.m.
*Game 6: Thursday, September 3 – TBD *Game 7: Saturday, September 5 – TBD
While this gives them extra rest, it is also a time to continue learning and reflecting for players around the league. They were expected to spend Friday having more discussions with members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance.
The players are determined to not let this moment slip away. That was evidenced by what seemed like the entire Western Conference showing up to the press conference held on Thursday evening. It was a show of complete solidarity.
So until the Flyers retake the ice on Saturday, this is another important time for the NHL to stand up for what it believes is. There is no better time than right now to stand as a united front.