The New York Islanders (14-14-6) are back in action as they host the Philadelphia Flyers (13-21-8) on Tuesday night at UBS Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM.
The Islanders come into the contest after a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The Flyers enter the contest having lost 12 straight games, two to the Islanders during last week.
With a win and a New Jersey Devils regulation loss, the New York Islanders can leapfrog over them and take over the sixth spot in the Metropolitan Division and sit just a point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets with four games in hand in the Wild-Card race.
Kyle Palmieri was back at Islanders practice following time away but still remains on IR. Ryan Pulock, LTIR, watched morning skate from the bleachers, something he has done more often than not during his recovery process.
Ilya Sorokin was the first netminder off the ice and will start Tuesday night against the Flyers. Ross Johnston, Austin Czarnik, Sebastian Aho, and Kyle Palmieri remained on the ice after Tuesday’s morning skate to do some extra drills with Semyon Varlamov in between the pipes.
Anthony Beauvillier was also back on the ice after taking a maintenance day on Monday.
Oliver Wahlstrom, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday and was benched in the third period on Friday, but had the shootout-winner against the Flyers a week ago is “in the mix” to play Tuesday night.
“I’m looking for consistency. Looking for consistency in decisions, consistency in effort and consistency in detail.” Trotz said. “And you know, I think, for the most part, Wally’s efforts been pretty good. It’s probably more my concern with him getting dialed in, in those other two areas.”
Per Frank Seravalli of The Daily Faceoff, the Philadelphia Flyers are adding former NHL coach John Torchetti to the coaching staff, with Mike Yeo remaining at the helm for the remainder of the season.
The Flyers are playing the second of a back-to-back Tuesday night after falling to the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Monday.
With Hart starting on Monday, Martin Jones will be in the pipes tonight for Philadelphia in a game where defenseman Keith Yandle will play in his 965th consecutive game, breaking the NHL record.
“It’s unbelievable,” Islanders defenseman Andy Greene said on Yandle’s feat. “You know to stay healthy, it takes a lot of luck, especially these last couple of years, right these last two years with COVID, it’s unbelievable.”
“To be able to play that many games and for that long, it’s remarkable.”
The Flyers are without Joel Farabee (shoulder) and Kevin Hayes (surgery).
NEW YORK ISLANDERS LINES (PROJECTED)
Anthony Beauvillier — Mathew Barzal — Josh Bailey
Anders Lee— Brock Nelson— Kieffer Bellows
Zach Parise— Jean-Gabriel Pageau —Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin — Casey Cizikas — Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech — Scott Mayfield
Zdeno Chara— Noah Dobson
Robin Salo — Andy Greene
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS LINES (PROJECTED)
James Van Riemsdyk— Claude Giroux — Cam Atkinson
Oskar Lindblom— Scott Laughton— Travis Konecny
Maxwell Willman— Morgan Frost—Gerald Mayhew
Nick Seeler— Jackson Cates— Zack Macewen
Ivan Provorov— Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen
Keith Yandle — Cam York
The New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight, in the third of four matchups between the two clubs this season and their third
matchup in nine days.
These teams last met on January 18, in Philadelphia, when Casey Cizikas scored the game-tying goal in the third
period and Oliver Wahlstrom scored in the shootout to help the Islanders to a 4-3 victory.
The Islanders have won seven straight games against the Flyers, including both matchups of their home-and-home with Philadelphia last week.
Against the Philadelphia Flyers at home, the New York Islanders are favored in Tuesday’s contest at -245 and are +110 on the puck line. The Flyers are the road underdogs, coming into the contest at +198 at -134 on the reverse puck line. The over for the contest is set at 5.5, with the over at +100 and the under at -110.
How to Watch
Saturday’s contest will be available on MSG+ for the local viewers. The game can also be seen on NBC Sports Philadelphia. On the radio dial, the game can be heard on 1050 AM ESPN, 88.7 FM WRHU and 103.9 FM LI News Radio.