Thursday night was a night to forget for the New York Islanders. They had a three-goal lead after the first period but then allowed six unanswered goals, in the second and third, to the Capitals and lost 6-3.
It is fair to say that Thursday was a real embarrassment for the Islanders, by giving up a commanding lead against a depleted Capitals roster missing five of their stars.
Now the Islanders are coming to the end of their road trip, which they have yet to win on, and face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in back-to-back games, today and tomorrow. Tonight’s puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern time.
The New York Islanders who have lost three straight, take on the Philadelphia Flyers who have won two straight.
The Flyers are coming into tonight after completing a four-game road trip of their own. They got swept by Boston in the first two games, but then found their game and swept the Devils in New Jersey on Tuesday and Thursday.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the underdogs, courtesy of the Action network.
It is no surprise that the Islanders are the underdogs tonight. The Flyers have a lineup with a lot of depth and should be a tougher matchup for the Isles compared to the Capitals.
After the past three performances, expect the Islanders to be raring to go tonight and look for Philly to play a fast and physical game.
The Islanders did in fact practice yesterday and, as of when this article was published, there has been no update on Anthony Beauvillier’s injury, and his status is up in the air for tonight.
It is projected that Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows will both stay in the lineup after their solid performance on Thursday.
One change we could see is either Michael Dal Colle or Ross Johnston coming in for Leo Komarov. Out of the two, Dal Colle seems to be a better fit on the second line with Nelson and Bailey.
The blue and orange are not projected to make any changes on defense and Ilya Sorokin is projected to start in goal for the Islanders after Varlamov started both games in D.C.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
The Flyers lineup is similar to that of the Islanders in the fact that not much has changed to their roster since these teams last met in the second round of the 2020 postseason.
Their top-six is the same as last year, with the only omission being Sean Couturier. Couturier was injured in the Flyers’ second game of the season and has been out since. There is no timetable for his return.
Philadelphia also will be without defenseman, Philippe Meyers who is also injured, and Morgan Frost who is on injured reserve.
Carter Hart is projected to be the Flyers’ starting goalie for tonight’s clash. So far this season, Hart has a 2-2-1 record with a 3.61 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.
The Flyers are projected to lineup like this:
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