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John Tortorella to make debut behind bench, Flyers fight to overcome losing streak

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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 –, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic

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