Leaflets seek to rally against islanders
After a discouraged effort against the Washington Capitals, the Flyers will seek to right the ship against the New York Islanders. The Flyers had some success early in the season against the Isles, but have lost each of the last four games. The latter two ended the Flyers’ chances for a playoff berth.
The Islanders are looking to fight their way to the top of the table and position themselves. After the single point Penguins and the four caps, the Islanders still have a lot on the line and will look to cut the Flyers to keep pace with the division chiefs.
Record: 20-18-6 (46 points)
The Flyers, with an exhausted roster, put in a sleepy effort and fell 6-3 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. They were outmatched in virtually every facet of the game and topped the possession stats.
The Flyers have a few injured players, including goaltender Carter Hart, Tanner Laczynski and Nolan Patrick. Each of these players is still day to day. This could give rise to new lines for the attack.
Wade Allison has been quite interesting to watch and is an intriguing prospect. The former second-round pick showed an active stick on the front deck, the ability to find the opening in the offensive end and very quick hands. Allison opens her eyes and wins time on the ice, more than 16 minutes in the last game. It will be fun to see how he reacts to the Islanders, a tough team defense.
Voracek – Dressmaker – Konecny
Farabee – Giroux – Allison
Lindblom – Hayes – Van Riemsdyk
Twarynski – Laughton – Aube-Kubel
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Myers
Gostisbehere – Morin
New York Islanders
Record: 27-13-4 (58 points)
The Islanders start the day in third place in the MassMutual East Division. After moves to bring in former Devils Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri, the Islanders have lost four of their last five, including four in a row, their last victory being against the Flyers.
The Islanders will look to bolster their defense and use their punitive forward check to hug the Flyers on their side and exploit turnovers and bad line changes. Failing that, the Islanders will look to dynamic Mathew Barzal to provide an offensive spark. Anthony Beauvillier has scored four of his eight goals against the Flyers this season, including two when they last met.
Dal Colle – Nelson – Palmieri
Barzal – Zajac – Eberle
Beauvillier – Pageau – Wahlstrom
Martin – Cizikas – Komarov
Pelech – Pulock
Leddy – Mayfield
Greene – Dobsonian
Where, when and how to watch
Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
Location: Wells Fargo Center
TV broadcast: NBC Sports Network
Radio broadcast: 97.5 The Fanatic
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