After a Friday night 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders (14-8-0) host the Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-5) at 7:30 PM at UBS Arena.
The Islanders did not hold a skate Saturday morning as head coach Lane Lambert will speak to the media at 4:45 PM.
With Ilya Sorokin starting the last three contests for New York, the expectation is that Semyon Varlamov will be between the pipes. He’s 4-3-0, with a 2.97 GAA, and a .915 SV%.
Simon Holmstrom played in his second career game Friday, earning his first career point. Kyle Palmieri, who Holmstrom is filling in for, did not make the trip to Columbus and is still considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury. We will get a status report on him when we speak to Lambert.
The Philadelphia Flyers also played Friday night, as they fell 4-1 to their in-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Netminder Carter Hart was pulled after allowing four goals on 21 shots in 33:37 minutes. Felix Sandstrom came in as relief, stopping all eight shots that came his way.
We do not know yet which netminder will get the start against the Islanders, but it is likely Sandstrom.
If he is in the lineup tonight for Philadelphia, Kieffer Bellows will be facing his former team for the first time since being claimed off waivers on Oct. 27.
The Flyers have lost nine straight games.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Simon Holmstrom-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Anders Lee-Brock Nelson-Anthony Beauvillier
Zach Parise-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Josh Bailey
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson
Robin Salo-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
PHILADELPHIA LINES (PROJECTED)
Flyers lines and pairings:
N. Cates- Hayes-Tippett
Love Laczynski at Center
— Jamey Baskow (@JameyBaskow) November 25, 2022
Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers in the first of three matchups between the two clubs this season. The last time
the Islanders hosted the Flyers was January 25, when Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, and Zach Parise each recorded multi-point games in a 4-3 win at UBS Arena.
The Islanders and Flyers each enter tonight’s game on the back end of back-to-back series. The Islanders have five straight wins against Metropolitan Division opponents, after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena last night.
They are 4-1-0 in their last five home-ice matchups.
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The over for the contest is 6 at +100, with the under at -120.
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HOW TO WATCH
Saturday’s contest will be available on MSGSN. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU, and 103.9 FM LI News Radi