Game 62 Preview: Flyers vs. Islanders
John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (21-21-9) are home on Monday evening to take on Lane Lambert's New York Islanders (25-22-5). Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 7:00 p.m. ET.
This is the third of four meetings this season between the teams, and the second and final game in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 1-1-0 thus far against the Islanders in 2022-23. On Nov. 26 at UBS Arena, the Islanders skated to a 5-2 victory. The Flyers returned the favor on home ice three nights later, downing the Islanders by a 3-1 score at the Wells Fargo Center. The season series will conclude back at UBS Arena on April 8.
The Flyers and Islanders are both coming off an extended schedule break that overlapped the NHL All-Star break. On Jan. 28, the Flyers earned a 4-0 road victory against the Winnipeg Jets. The same night, the Islanders prevailed in overtime, 2-1, at home against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Carter Hart will get the start in net for the Flyers. He'll be opposed by Semyon Varlamov.
Wade Allison, who missed the final game before the All-Star Break due to a lower-body injury is slated to return to the Flyers' linuep. With Zack MacEwen sidelined five weeks from Jan. 26 with a broken jaw, Kieffer Bellows will remain in the Flyers' lineup. Veteran defenseman Justin Braun, who dressed in the Jan. 28 game in Winnipeg due to the Flyers only having 11 healthy forwards and seven defensemen, will re-exit the lineup.
In the game in Winnipeg, Tortorella broke up the trio of James van Riemsdyk, Morgan Frost and Owen Tippett onto three separate lines even amid frequent line juggling (Tippett did have one shift with Frost at 5-on-5 and they were also on the same power play unit). It appears they'll remain separated to start the game against the Islanders. However, Tortorella said after the morning skate that he wasn't entirely set yet on which combinations will be together at the start of the game.
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Projected starting lineups (subject to change)
25 James van Riemsdyk - 49 Noah Cates - 11 Travis Konecny
13 Kevin Hayes - 21 Scott Laughton - 74 Owen Tippett
86 Joel Farabee - 48 Morgan Frost - 57 Wade Allison
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 38 Patrick Brown - 20 Kieffer Bellows
9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 77 Tony DeAngelo
24 Nick Seeler - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
79 Carter Hart
[32 Felix Sandström]