The New York Islanders faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers in a game seven tonight at 7:30 p.m. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
It all comes down to this! There is nothing better in sports than a game seven Stanley Cup Playoffs game. Tonight the New York Islanders look to finally finish the Flyers and advance to the Eastern Conference finals, while the Flyers look to pull off an impressive 3-1 comeback and break Islanders players and fans hearts alike.
Some may say game six was one of the Islanders’ best efforts of the series. They dominated the play against the Flyers, but in the end, their own mistakes costed them. The Isles lost 5-4 in double overtime, even though they outshot Philadelphia 53-31.
The Flyers will be the home team tonight as they are the higher seed in a game seven.
INTERESTING STAT: Throughout the postseason the Islanders are 10-0 when they allow two goals or less and are 0-5 when opposing teams score three or more goals.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
This series has been fun to watch and only in two games has the winning team won by more than one goal. Just like the other games in this series, I can see this game going down to the wire.
We’ve seen it a couple of times between these teams, you dominate the game, but you will come out on the wrong end of the scoreboard. I expect this game to come down to turnovers.
The team who limits their turnovers and capitalizes when the opposing team gives the puck away will win this game. Expect to see the Islanders best effort of the series tonight.
We see this time and time again, throughout the regular season and playoffs, Barry Trotz and the Islanders coaching staff do not like to make changes to their lineup.
Tonight is projected to be no different. It is expected that we will see the same Isles lineup that took to the ice on Thursday night.
Many fans are wondering who will get the start in net. The Islanders refused to give any inference on who will start tonight. Semyon Varlamov struggled in game six allowing four goals on 31 shots, while Thomas Greiss played great in game four.
It is projected that Varlamov will start tonight, but do not rule out Greiss for the start. It is a sheer flip of a coin on who Trotz will call on for the biggest game of the season.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
The Flyers will not quit. Despite some injuries along the way, Philadelphia’s next man up mentality is the backbone of their comeback in this series.
The big question for the Flyers is, will Sean Couturier be healthy and available for tonight’s game? Philadelphia’s coaching staff has not yet released any information about their star player’s availability and we will most likely find out if he is playing when the rosters are submitted.
If he is in fact unfit and unable to play, the Flyers are expected to play with the same roster they had in game six.
Carter Hart is projected to be in net for tonight’s crucial matchup. The young goaltender kept his team in the game on Thursday night and will be looking for another spectacular performance to send Philadelphia to the next round of the playoffs.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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Where to Catch the Game
TV: NBC, CBC, TVAS
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM 98.7FM
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