The two teams facing off tonight are coming off of tough preseason losses. The New York Islanders lost to the New Jersey Devils on September 27th by a score of 4-1, while the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Boston Bruins 4-0 yesterday.
Another thing these two have in common is they both had a dreadful 2021-22 season they’d like to soon forget. Both teams have a lot to prove here, and it may be decided by special teams, which was a weak point in their losses.
The Islanders went scoreless on five power plays, and the Flyers went scoreless on four power plays last afternoon. This will be a great opportunity for one team, and a painful reminder to the team that doesn’t, that it’s going to be a long 82-game season.
Many Flyers fans and Flyers management are eager for John Tortorella’s debut tonight at 7:00PM ET, and expect to see some less woeful energy in the last 40 minutes of the game while he’s on the bench.
Last Game PHI: 10/1/22, 4-0 L vs Bruins
Last Game NYI: 9/27/22, 4-1 L vs Devils
When: 7:00pm ET
Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, NY
PHI Goalie: Samuel Ersson (0-3-1, .893 SV%, 2.96 GAA, 0 SO w/LHV in 2021-22)
NYI Goalie: Semyon Varlamov (10-17-2, .911 SV%, 2.91 GAA, 2 SO w/NYI in 2021-22)
PHI Projected Lineup
#62 Olle Lyckell – #21 Scott Laughton – #74 Owen Tippett
#48 Morgan Frost – #59 Jackson Cates – #57 Wade Allison
#44 Nick Deslauriers– #49 Noah Cates – #52 Tyson Foerster
#22 Adam Brooks – #58 Tanner Laczynski – #42 Hayden Hodgson
#45 Cam York – #77 Tony DeAngelo
#54 Egor Zamula – #47 Ronnie Attard
#50 Adam Ginning – #37 Louie Belpedio
#33 Samuel Ersson
#35 Pat Nagle
NYI Projected Lineup
#11 Zach Parise – #13 Mathew Barzal – #21 Kyle Palmieri
#27 Anders Lee – #29 Brock Nelson – #37 Simon Holmström
#43 Aatu Räty – #44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau – #18 Anthony Beauvillier
#41 Nikita Soshnikov – #15 Cal Clutterbuck – #26 Oliver Wahlstrom
#28 Alexander Romanov – #8 Noah Dobson
#2 Robin Salo – #24 Scott Mayfield
#39 Dennis Cholowski – #7 Grant Hutton
#40 Semyon Varlamov
#1 Jakub Skarek
News and Notes
- Felix Sandström did not return to the second period of yesterday’s game against Boston with a lower-body injury. His condition has not been updated yet.
- Noah Cates has received praise already from Tortorella and is going to play tonight’s game at center, despite exclusively playing wing all preseason.
- Cam York will get a look on the top pair with Tony DeAngelo, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the harder matchups later this evening.
- The Flyers have scored 4 goals over the last 4 games, so it’s not all too surprising when met with a 1-3-0 record to reflect that.
Broadcast Info: TV – PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic
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