Flyers hope to avoid ten-game losing streak in Long Island

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Flyers' Zack MacEwen
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 25: Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Zack MacEwen (17) talks with linesman Graham Skilliter (24) during a NHL game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks on April 25, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Chris Kohley/Icon Sportswire)

Following a loss on Friday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Long Island, New York, to visit the New York Islanders, hoping to avoid a ten-game losing streak.

New York Islanders (14-8-0)

Fresh off of a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Islanders are riding a three-game winning streak. Placing second in the Metropolitan Division, the Islanders look refreshed under the direction of Lane Lambert.

Currently, the Islanders are top-ten in both goals scored and goals against. Mathew Barzal (2G, 23A) highlights the offense. Though he only lit the lamp twice, Barzal has incredible playmaking ability and speed; deadly to opposing teams.

Anders Lee (8G, 11A) finds his seat on the second line. A physical presence on the ice, he only trails Brock Nelson for the team lead in goals scored.

Goaltenders are not yet confirmed. Due to the back-to-back schedule for both squads, tonight could feature a battle of backup goaltenders. Semyon Varlamov (4-3-0, 2.97GAA, 91.4%SV) is the probable starter. Varlamov is better than his numbers show against the Flyers throughout his career.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Islanders, per Andrew Gross:

Holmstrom-Barzal-Wahlstrom
Lee-Nelson-Beauvillier
Parise-Pageau-Bailey
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Aho-Dobson
Pelech-Pulock
Romanov-Mayfield

Varlamov
(Sorokin)

Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-5)

Following their ninth loss in a row, John Tortorella mentioned that he doesn’t think his players are dwelling too much on what their record is:

“I don’t think the guys are spending too much time on what the record is, or how many we’ve lost. They’re trying to be better each and every night. I just thought we were flat.”

John Tortorella; 11/25/2022

Zack MacEwen (3G, 4A) gives his all each game despite the results. His effort this season garnished praise from Tortorella, resulting in an increase in minutes, and ascending the lineup. MacEwen knows it’s going to take a full team effort to snap the losing skid:

“The only way we’re going to get out of this is together. Focus on doing things right day in and day out.”

Zack MacEwen; 11/25/2022

Tony DeAngelo (-12, 34BLK, 16GV, 47.1%CF) is a workhorse on defense. He averages 25:04 of ice time on the top pair and powerplay unit. The defense needs to step up, they are the healthy portion of the roster, to shut down a fast Islanders offense. DeAngelo acknowledged the team can only forget last night if they’re to move forward today:

“Take the bus up there and try to forget about this one. Just like we tried to forget about how ever many of the last ones and have a decent game tomorrow. It’s been a tough time for us. We have to try to put things behind us and find a way to win.”

Tony DeAneglo; 11/25/2022

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Flyers, per Olivia Reiner:

Cates, N-Hayes-Tippett
Bellows-Frost-MacEwen
Deslauriers-Laczynski-Farabee
Cates, J-Sedlak-Brown

Provorov-DeAngelo
Sanheim-Braun
Seeler-Ristolainen

Sandstrom
(Hart)

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Game Information

You can watch the Philadelphia Flyers battle the New York Islanders on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Radio coverage will be available on 97.5 The Fanatic and Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 7:30pm.

(Photo by Chris Kohley/Icon Sportswire)

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