The New York Islanders are set to square off against the Philadelphia Flyers in a rematch from Sunday. The Islanders will hope to get a better result out of this one - they lost the Sunday contest by a score of four to one and did not look good. They are coming off of back-to-back victories against the Ottawa Senators and a victory here tonight would give them three straight victories.
A win here tonight would put them back into first place which would be the latest they’d been in first place since 2015. The Flyers are a good chance to get back into that spot as they’re sixth in the Metropolitan and currently out of a playoff spot, but they’ve been much better since they’ve disposed of Dave Hakstol for Scott Gordon and have gotten solid goaltending from Brian Elliott, Carter Hart, and Cam Talbot. The Flyers are well rested and haven’t played since Wednesday.
The Islanders will pay tribute to the late Bill Torrey tonight. Torrey was the architect of the Islanders four Stanley Cup victories where the Islanders were the last team to win four straight championships in any major U.S. sport. Torrey passed away peacefully in May of last year.
Thomas Greiss will be in net for this one with Christopher Gibson backing him up. Robin Lehner was injured against his former team in the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday when Brady Tkachuk ran through him (with some assist from Brock Nelson). He’s out with an upper body injury and has not skated since then.
Matt Martin will draw back into the lineup as he replaces Ross Johnston. Joshua Ho-Sang was returned to Bridgeport after his emergency call-up. There will be no other changes to the personnel tonight, but it looks like Nick Leddy and Devon Toews will switch parings as Toews was practicing with Johnny Boychuk while Leddy was practicing with Scott Mayfield.
For those watching the playoff posturing, the other game to watch will be the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pittsburgh is four points back of the Islanders and are even in games played while Columbus is currently two points out of the wild card spot behind the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens. They could conceivably catch up to the Islanders, but they have not looked good since acquiring Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Keith Kinkaid.
Game time is at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T.