After a dispirited effort against the Washington Capitals, the Flyers will look to right the ship against the New York Islanders. The Flyers had enjoyed some early season success against the Isles, but have lost each the last four meetings. The last two effectively ended the Flyers chances at a playoffs berth.
The Islanders are looking to work their way up to the top of the table and position. Trailing the Penguins by a single point and the Caps by four, the Islanders still have a great deal at stake and will look to cut through the Flyers to keep pace with the division leaders.
Record: 20-18-6 (46 points)
The Flyers, with a depleted lineup, gave a sleepy effort and fell 6-3 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. They were outplayed in virtually every facet of the game and dominated in possession statistics.
The Flyers have a few players who are fighting injuries, including goaltender Carter Hart, Tanner Laczynski and Nolan Patrick. Each of these players are still day to day. This could make for some new trios for the offense.
Wade Allison has been pretty interesting to watch and is an intriguing prospect. The former second round pick has shown an active stick on the forecheck, the ability to find opening in the offensive end and really quick hands. Allison is opening eyes and is earning ice time, over 16 minutes last game. It will be fun to watch how he reacts the Islanders, tough team defense.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Van Remisdyk – Laughton – Konecny
Farabee – Hayes – Allison
Lindblom – Twarynski – Aube-Kubel
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Hagg
Morin – Gostisbehere
New York Islanders
Record: 27-13-4 (58 points)
The Islanders start the day in third place in the MassMutual East Division. After moves to bring in former Devils Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, the Islanders have lost four of their last five, including four in a row, their last win coming against the Flyers.
The Islanders will look to sure up their defense and use their punishing forecheck to hem the Flyers in their own end and exploit turnovers and bad line changes. Failing that, the Islanders will look to the dynamic Mathew Barzal to provide an offensive spark. Anthony Beauvillier has scored four of his eight goals against the Flyers this season, including two in the their last meeting.
Barzal – Zajac– Eberle
Dal Colle – Nelson– Palmieri
Beauvillier – Pageau – Wahlstrom
Martin – Cizikas– Komarov
Pelech – Pulock
Leddy – Mayfield
Coburn – Greene
Where, When, and How to Watch
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Location: Wells Fargo Center
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
Radio Broadcast: 97.5 The Fanatic
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