Islanders are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers in what is a meeting of two defensively sound teams over the month of November.
After a two day break, the Islanders are back in action to faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers. Unlike the Islanders, the Flyers played just 24 hours ago in Ottawa. A game the Flyers lost by a score of 2-1.
The Islanders come into Philly with a 13 game point streak going. The Islanders haven’t lost in regulation in over a month. Their last regulation loss came at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on October 11.
Since putting five past the Flyers, the Islanders have been able to score five goals on two more occasions. The Isles have averaged 3.33 goals a game since they last played the Flyers. The Islanders offense has been firing on all cylinders over the month of November.
But based on how the Flyers have played in November, the Islanders offense could have a more difficult time tonight. In eight games this month, the Flyers have averaged two goals against per game. Only the Dallas Stars have a better defensive record with 1.5 goals against in November. (The Isles are tied with the Flyers at 2.00 GA/GP).
With 12 goals against in six games this month, the Islanders are just as tight on the back end. This game probably won’t be a barn burner with goals flying left-right and center, rather it’s likely going to be a defensive chess match.
Courtesy of the Action Network, even thought the Islanders are the away team, the Islanders are favored with a -115 game line. The Flyers played in Ottawa last night and a 5-3-2 in their last ten games. Compare that to an Islanders team that is 9-0-1 in their last ten and coming two days of rest you can see why the Isles have the better odds.
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These are practice lines, but the lines come puck drop should like similar. The top two lines won’t likely change. Brassard has just been too good on the wing to move him back to center. Line four likely changes.
Komarov will certainly start down the middle. The 12th forward will either go to Ross Johnston or to Otto Koivula. With the fisticuffs that took place between the Flyers and Isles the last time they played I wouldn’t doubt if Johnston gets the start.
For the defense, put Leddy-Boychuk as the bottom pair and move the other two pairs up one.
These lines are similar to the ones Alain Vigneault deployed against the Ottawa Senators just last night. After the 2-1 loss to the Sens, the veteran coach might look to shuffle that in order to get his team back on track.
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Where to Watch the Game
Tickets: If you’re in Philly looking for tickets you can get some on StubHub
TV: NBCSP, MSG+ 2