The New York Islanders have another chance to close out their series with the Flyers, tonight at 7 p.m. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
With a win tonight the New York Islanders can finally advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. All that is standing in there was is a pesky Flyers team, who do not want to leave the bubble yet.
The Islanders are coming off a tough overtime loss on Tuesday. The blue and orange were down 3-1 with less than six minutes remaining in the game and scored two quick goals to tie the game up at three. In overtime the Flyers found the winner courtesy of Scott Laughton tip and won 4-3.
Since tonight is game six, the Islanders will be the home team. The blue and orange are 2-0 as the “home team” this series and are 5-1 when having the last change this postseason, with their only loss coming in game four against Washington.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
This is a tricky call tonight. The Islanders have not had the greatest of performances the past two games, while the Flyers have dominated portions of both games.
I expect the Isles to come out with all engines firing. We will see a similar effort for 60 minutes to what we saw the last 6 minutes of game four. I predict the Islanders will send the Flyers home from the bubble tonight!
New York Islanders 3-2
The Islanders lineup has a couple of questions going into tonight’s game. The first question is, will Mathew Barzal be available to play tonight after picking up an injury on Tuesday night?
All signs are pointing to that the Islanders star player will be good to go for tonight’s game. Trotz said Barzal is trending in the right direction which is a great sign for the Islanders.
The next question is, who will be in net for this potential series clincher? This is one question that there will be no answer to until the Isles submit their game roster.
Semyon Varlamov played well in game four, making some spectacular saves, but his effort in game five may not be good enough to get him the start tonight. It is projected that Thomas Greiss starts tonight and will look to get the series clinching win.
Other than that, the Isles are not projected to make any changes to their lineup.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
Philadelphia Flyers 2-3
Just like the Isles, the Flyers had an injury scare of their own. Sean Couturier went down with an injury in the third period of game five and did not return for the rest of the game and overtime.
Philadelphia’s coaching staff would not give any update to Couturier’s injury and said that he is still being evaluated.
There is no telling if Couturier will play tonight and we will find out for certain when the rosters are submitted. Besides that, the Flyers are not expected to make any changes to their game five roster.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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TV: NCBSN, CBC, SN, TVAS
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