The home stretch has arrived upon us in Philadelphia.
After a grueling stretch against playoff teams, and a stretch which saw the Flyers playoff hopes become quite foggy, the team now has a chance to clinch their first playoff berth in two seasons. It’s not totally in their hands, but a win tonight would put them in the driver’s seat.
The Flyers can clinch the playoffs tonight with a win and a Florida loss of any fashion vs. Nashville. They could also clinch with an overtime or shootout loss and a Florida regulation loss.
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Line Combinations: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff
The Flyers will get Michael Raffl back tonight. However, they will scratch Scott Laughton, despite his great fourth line play this season.
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek
Jordan Weal – Valtteri Filppula – Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl – Jori Lehtera – Matt Read
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
New York: Islanders Combinations
The Islanders come into this game already out of the playoffs and quite frankly reeling as a team. They have just two wins in their last 10 games and really nothing to play for. Here are their lines for tonight.
Anders Lee – John Tavares – Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauviller – Matthew Barzal – Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd – Brock Nelson – Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston – Chris Wagner – Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey – Ryan Pulock
Scott Mayfield – Adam Pelech
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Despite being largely outshot and giving up a late lead to the Bruins, the Flyers held their own against a team that very well may be the best in the NHL. That being said, they absolutely cannot play down to a very bad Islanders team tonight. They need to pull out a win.
Travis Konecny is quickly becoming a superstar for this team. After his dazzling performance and goal against the Bruins, he now has 5 points in his last 5 games. The Flyers will turn to him to keep generating offense and lead them to a win.
The race to 100 points is on. Not just for the Flyers, but for Claude Giroux as well. The Flyers can reach the 100-point plateau if they win out. Giroux will reach the 100-point mark if he generates 5 points in the last three games. Both of those are very possible given that the Flyers have three games against non-playoff teams, and the fact that Giroux has been on a tear as of late, with 8 points in his last 5.