The New York Islanders look to finish their second round series against the Flyers tonight at 7:00 p.m. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
After holding the Flyers off in game four and taking a three games to one lead, the New York Islanders have a chance tonight to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win.
The Islanders will be the away team for tonight’s pivotal matchup. This is the first time since game two that the Flyers will get the last change. The Isles are 5-2 as the “away team” this postseason, with one of their losses coming in overtime in game two of this series.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
This should come as no surprise to anyone that the blue and orange are the favorites tonight. They have played well this series and are one game away from closing out the Flyers.
I expect the Flyers to come out strong and to play with nothing to lose. The Islanders will stick to their game plan and frustrate the Flyers.
New York Islanders 3-1
Barry Trotz called the Islanders performance Sunday, the worst game of the playoffs. At times the Islanders played extremely sloppy and if it were not for Thomas Greiss, Philadelphia could have easily won game four.
The biggest question is: will the Islanders coaching staff make any changes going into tonight’s game? Unfortunately we will not know the answer to this, until the lineups are submitted tonight because there was no practice or media access yesterday.
There are two projected changes for the Islanders tonight:
The first projected change comes in net. It is expected that Semyon Varlamov will come back in for Greiss. Greiss played outstanding on Sunday night and stopped 36 of 38 shots, but it is projected Varlamov gets the start in this one.
The second expected lineup change is Ross Johnston will come in for Derick Brassard. Brassard was last on the team for time on ice in game four and made no big impact on the game. Johnston will offer more of a physical presence against Philadelphia.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
Philadelphia Flyers 1-3
The Flyers have their backs against the wall as they look to crawl back into this series one game at a time. There is still some optimism on Philly’s roster and they think they can turn this series around and pull off a comeback.
It is projected we may see two changes for the Flyers tonight:
Shayne Gostisbehere is projected to come in for Robert Hagg on defense and Carter Hart will be back in the net after Brian Elliott played in relief for him Sunday night.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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TV: NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 98.7FM
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