With game three being postponed to today at 7 p.m., the New York Islanders will look to take the series lead. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
The New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers were supposed to play three games in four days with two of those games being a back-to-back, but with the postponement of Thursday’s game three to today, both teams are well-rested coming into today’s 7 p.m. puck drop,
The Islanders will be looking to bounce back from their game two performance:
The Flyers started the game strong with three quick first period goals to silence the Islanders, which led to Semyon Varlamov getting pulled. With Thomas Greiss in net, the Islanders crawled their way back and eventually tied the game. Philly had the last laugh in overtime, with a goal by Philippe Myers to win the game 4-3 and even the series at one game apiece.
This will be the first game of a back-to-back for these two teams. Game four will be tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The Islanders will be the home team in both games three and four. This will allow them to get the last change and play the favorable line matchups.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
The Islanders are only slight favorites tonight. This is surprising given the fact that the Flyers are the higher seed and won Wednesday’s game.
I expect tonight to be a tight-checking game, with both teams looking to sure up their defensive mishaps. I expect it to go down to the wire, but the Isles will find a way to win!
The biggest question going into tonight’s game is: who starts in net for the Isles?
The jury is still out on this question. Semyon Varlamov has played great this postseason and is second in the league with a 1.76 Goals Against Average. He is definitely one of the main reasons why the Islanders are in this position.
In contrast, Thomas Greiss played well in replacement of Varlamov. He stopped 18 of 19 shots faced and made some key saves, which led to the Isles tying the game up.
It is projected that Varlamov will get the start tonight. He is now well rested and will look to get back to the red-hot form he has shown all postseason.
Other than that, the blue and orange are not expected to make any changes to their lineup. There is a small chance we may see Derick Brassard come in for Ross Johnston, but it does not look likely. Johnston is a key physical presence that adds some fire to the Islanders lineup.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
As I mentioned in my original game three preview, before the postponement, the Flyers are expected to lineup the same as game two.
Philadelphia completely dominated the Islanders in the first period of game two. The Flyers will be looking to keep that effort and intensity for 60 minutes rather than just 20.
James van Riemsdyk and Robert Hagg, who both made their series debuts in game two, are projected to stay in the lineup.
Carter Hart is expected to get the start after getting the win in game two and making some spectacular saves.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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