The New York Islanders take on the Philadelphia Flyers yet again today. Its back-to-back tilts in the home-and-home mini-series for the two bottom teams in the Metropolitan Division.
Even with the 4-1 win last night, the Isles are still three points back of the Flyers but with seven, yeah seven games in hand on the Flyers. A win tonight would put the Isles at 32 points, still at the bottom of the division, but would give them a 0.500 points percentage on the year. And the fifth-best points percentage in the division.
Getting a win tonight is obviously easier said than done. Even if the Islanders just beat the Flyers 4-1 last night and that the Flyers are now 2-6-2 in their last 10. But if the Islanders can muster the same type of game that propelled them to victory yesterday (relentless forecheck, solid defense, specifically on the PK, and timely scoring from their depth) they'll be in a good position to take two points, again.
New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Do it again
Speaking to the media today, Barry Trotz indicated there wouldn't be a lineup change tonight. The team we saw yesterday is going to be the team we see today. And that makes perfect, sense, no?
Who's going to step into the lineup? Ross Johnston is still suspended for one more game after this one. Sebastian Aho hasn't done enough to take Robin Salo's spot. And Kyle Palmieri is still on the IR. Trotz even clarified that Palmieri was not 100% yet (closer to 80-85%). So who's coming in? No one.
Of course, there will be at least one change with Varlamov taking over for Sorokin. That wasn't confirmed by Trotz, but there's no reason to keep Varly on the bench in a back-to-back situation.
The Islanders are the favorite yet again tonight according to Wynnbet. Though the money line isn't nearly as high on the Isles as it was last night. At the time of writing the Isles hold a -125 money line to the Flyers +105.
So even though the Flyers are the home team they are not the favorite to win tonight. Their 2-6-2 record over their last ten game and 6-8-3 overall home record probably play a heavy factor in this line being where it is.