Columbus is struggling, and the Flyers handed them their ninth consecutive loss, winning 5-2. Philadelphia jumped out to an early lead when Joel Farabee scored on a nice backhander in the first period. Bobby Brink and Ryan Poehling both tallied goals in the second period as the Flyers took a 3-2 lead into the final stanza.
“The arrival of how he’s [Poehling] playing right now, both as a penalty killer and as a forward, Poehling puts a lot of different looks in to taking people’s ice time. For the last little while, he’s played pretty well.”John Tortorella; 11/21/2023
Tonight, the Flyers are on the road, visiting the New York Islanders (6-6-5). The clash on Long Island will be the first regular-season meeting between the two teams in the 2023-2024 season. The Islanders are 8-2-0 in their last ten games versus Philadelphia.
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New York is scuffling as they head into tonight’s contest. Over the last ten games, the Islanders are 2-4-4. They did win most recently, securing a 5-4 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames. Three nights later, they should be well-rested versus the Flyers.
After the extended time off, however, New York has to play three games in four days, head-to-head with Philadelphia twice. Bo Horvat offered a simple approach to the Islanders’ upcoming schedule:
“It’ll be a bit of a tough schedule coming up, but we have to focus on one game at a time, and it starts tomorrow night.”Bo Horvat 11/21/2023
Cal Clutterbuck will play his 1,000th career NHL game on Wednesday. He has been playing on Long Island since the 2013-2014 season.
Here’s the tentative lineup for the New York Islanders, per Denis Gorman:
The Flyers are coming in hot. They are searching for their sixth straight victory as they head to Long Island. Despite a rebuild, the team is winning games against solid opponents. John Tortorella gave his thoughts about what he prioritizes during this win streak:
“The biggest thing is us trying to stay consistent as far as pressure. I thought we did a pretty good job of pressuring Columbus, going north as quickly as possible; the offensive transition has been pretty consistent through some of these games. We just want to keep it simple; go north and play. We’re getting some people, right through the lineup, chipping in.”John Tortorella; 11/22/2023
Consistently putting pressure on New York is the key ingredient in a recipe designed by Tortorella to end a seven-game road losing streak (0-5-2) to the Islanders.
Marc Staal returns to the lineup for Philadelphia. Jackie Spiegel reported he will pair with Yegor Zamula. Louie Belpedio will come out of the lineup. Rasmus Ristolainen did practice yesterday, but he is not cleared to return.
“I thought he’s [Zamula] been getting better and better as the season’s gone along. He’s such a big, rangy player; he uses his stick extremely well, [and] he’s very patient with the puck. He’s got a lot going on for him in a real positive way. I’ll just try to support him the best I can, and I hope he does the same for me.”Marc Staal; 11/22/2023
Lately, the Flyers had some success on the powerplay. In consecutive games versus the Vegas Golden Knights and the Blue Jackets. Prior to the breakthrough with the man advantage, Philadelphia went on an eight-game drought where they were 0/26. There is room to grow the powerplay point streak to three games against the Islanders’ 31st-ranked penalty kill.
Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:
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Faceoff is at 7:30pm at the UBS Arena. You can watch the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New York Islanders on NBC Sports Philadelphia and listen to the radio broadcast on 93.3 WMMR.