Preview: Flyers at Islanders (Game 80)

Updated: April 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm by Matt Brauckmann

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.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 7:00pm

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

Petr Mrazek

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

Thomas Greiss

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

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.

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