The New York Islanders will look to take a commanding 3-1 series lead tonight at 8 p.m. against the Flyers. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
The New York Islanders have a glorious chance tonight, within 24 hours of beating the Philadelphia Flyers, in game three, to take game four and be one game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
This is the first time the Islanders have played back-to-back games this postseason since the qualifying series against the Panthers, in which they won the second game. The Flyers have played one back-to-back last series against Montreal and they dropped the second game.
Yesterday was a great back and forth game. Philly took control of the game and dominated play in the first, but the Islanders stepped up and controlled play in the second and third periods to win 3-1.
The Islanders will again be the home team for tonight’s game. The Isles have a 4-1 record as the “home team” in the bubble this postseason.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
It is no surprise that the Islanders are the favorites tonight. They have played extremely well this series and, at times, dominated the higher seed Flyers.
I expect to see a similar game to last night. The Islanders will look to take advantage of Philadelphia’s turnovers and look to capitalize on the counter. The Flyers will be trying to play a physical game and use speed in the neutral zone to infiltrate the Isles defense.
The Islanders are solid in back to backs and they are a good play in this one!
The Islanders only made one change going into game three and it paid off. Derick Brassard returned to the lineup, after being scratched the past three games, for Ross Johnston.
Brassard looked great last night, he had fire to his game and was skating great. He had one assist and was a plus-one with 11:27 of ice time.
With the way that the Isles played last night, it is not projected they will make any changes. They dominated the second and third periods and everyone played well.
Semyon Varlamov answered the call last night, after being pulled on Wednesday, and was in spectacular form. He stopped 26 of 27 shots faced and is a no-brainer to start tonight.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
The Flyers may make one or two changes for game four. The first change will be on defense.
Shayne Gostisbehere is projected to come into the lineup for Robert Hagg. Hagg was the only Flyer to take a penalty last night. He had 2 penalties and the Islanders scored their third goal on one of the powerplays.
The second change will come upfront. Michael Raffl is projected to come in on the fourth line for Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Raffl offers more of a physical presence, which may be key tonight.
Carter Hart has been Philadelphia’s number one goalie all postseason and is expected to be in for tonight’s pivotal game four.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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Where to Catch the Game
TV: NBC, SN, TVAS
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 98.7FM
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