The New York Islanders are back on home ice tonight as they begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern time.
The Islanders are coming into this game after losing their first game in March on Tuesday night in D.C. The blue and orange were undisciplined as they lost to the Capitals 3-1.
On the other hand, the Flyers played last night at Madison Square Garden and lost to the Rangers 9-0. Yes, you read the score correctly! Philadelphia allowed nine goals in the worst performance of the season less than 24 hours ago.
The New York Islanders look to start a new winning streak and move into first place with a win against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight
Tuesday was the first time the Islanders lost a game since February 27th and it will be interesting to see how they respond against a Flyers team who are coming off their worst loss of the season.
The last time the Isles and Flyers met was the last weekend of January. These sides played a two-game set in Philadelphia and the Flyers won both games in overtime.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into today as the favorites, courtesy of the Action network.
This game is a tossup. Both teams are looking for a big response considering what happened to each team respectively in their last game.
The Islanders are not expected to make any major lineup changes for tonight’s series opener against Philadelphia.
The lone projected change is expected to come on the Isles third line. Leo Komarov is projected to replace Austin Czarnik, who has played the past two games.
As of when this article was published, Noah Dobson is still on the Covid Protocol list. There is a chance that he can get removed from this list before game-time, but if he is unable to play expect Sebastian Aho to remain on the third defensive paring.
Semyon Varlamov is projected to get the start in goal as he looks to get the Islanders back on track with a victory tonight.
The Islanders are projected to lineup like this:
The Flyers lineup is a bit more unpredictable than the Islanders. In the past, after a team has lost by a big margin we have seen some coaches keep the same lineup and give them another chance, while other coaches have made wholesale changes.
It is interesting to note that Philadelphia made four changes for their game last night and we could see all four of these players come back into the fold at the Coliseum.
Oskar Lindblom and Nic Aube-Kubel are expected to come back in on forward and Shayne Gostisbehere and Nate Prosser are projected to come in on defense.
Carter Hart is projected to be the starter tonight after Brian Elliott started yesterday.
The Flyers are expected to lineup like this:
Want your voice heard? Join the Eyes On Isles team!
Where to Catch the Game
TV: MSG+2, NBCSP, MSG GO APP
Radio: 88.7FM 103.9FM
*All Stats Provided by the NHL*