The New York Islanders are looking to take a 2-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers today at 3p.m. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
Today’s game two, of the second round Stanley Cup Playoffs series, between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, will be the first game of a back to back for the two teams.
The Islanders are coming off a great performance in game one, where they get off to an early series lead. The Isles had a great first period, but struggled in the second. After two periods, the blue and orange went into the locker room up 1-0. The Islanders exploded in the third scoring three goals to beat the Flyers 4-0.
The Islanders will again be the away team for today’s game. The opposing team having the last change has had little effect on the Isles, as they are 5-1 as the “away” team this postseason.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the underdogs, courtesy of the Action network.
For the sixth time in the last seven playoff games, for the Islanders, they come in as the Underdogs. Oddly enough, the Islanders have won all six of those games.
I do expect the Flyers to come out with a point to prove and they will play a physical game, but the Islanders will match the intensity. I expect a tight checking game and the team that wins the one on one battles will win the game.
I would play the underdogs in this one!
When a team plays well and dominates their opponent both on the scoreboard and physically, they are usually not expected to make any changes to their lineup. Unless of course, there are injuries.
The Islanders did exactly that on Monday night and did not pick up any major injuries. There were a few knocks along the way, with both Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck going down in pain. BUT, luckily for the Isles those two look good to go for today’s game.
Ross Johnston is expected to stay in the lineup, on the third line, after playing extremely well. He was a +1 and led the game in hits with 10. Besides him, no one on either roster got more than four hits in Monday’s game.
Semyon Varlamov is projected to be in net after stopping all 29 shots in game one. That was his second shutout in a row.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
The Flyers are expected to make a couple of changes to their game one lineup.
First, it is expected, James van Riemsdyk will be coming back into the lineup after being scratched in game one. He has struggled to find his form in the postseason. He has zero points and is a -1 in six games, but he is expected to get a chance today in the lineup, after the Flyers poor game one performance.
Robert Hagg is projected to be in the lineup after four out of the six Philly defensemen were -2 on Monday night. Hagg is a big body and has a strong physical presence on the ice. Philly will look to bring a physical presence to game two.
Carter Hart is expected to be in net for game two. He stopped 25 of 28 shots faced, on Monday, and made some spectacular saves to keep Philly in the game in the first period.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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Where to Catch the Game
TV: NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 98.7FM
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