The New York Islanders aim to turn the screw on the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 tonight. If they can’t do it, and can’t get the win for a commanding 3-1 series lead, then we’ll be back to even with a best-of-three to finish out the series.
Barry Trotz said there could be lineup changes on the second half of a back-to-back. Alain Vigneault said there might be changes on the Flyers’ side but that protocol won’t allow him to announce who or why. “Tune in tonight,” he said.
Vigneault also emphasized, again, the need for his top players to get on the scoreboard, while also noting they need a comprehensive effort to break through against the Islanders’ pressure.
AV on better dealing with the Isles forecheck: "Well, it's a matter of executing better. But at the same time that I say that, the Islanders are making it very hard on us. They're a good team, they're a four-line team, a heavy team."— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) August 30, 2020
And Trotz is down to the end of his clean laundry.
#Isles coach Barry Trotz has run into laundry problems in the NHL bubble. Thus, the @Ravens t-shirt today. #BubbleProblems @News12LI #SendShirts @Bluelinedeli719 #GameFourSuitIsReady pic.twitter.com/mv46ZAaEVv— Kevin Maher (@KMaherNews12) August 30, 2020
#Isles Barry Trotz's team is like a house analogy: "You can’t just have someone who is a framer & your whole house is done by a framer. You have a roofer, you have a framer, you have plumbing, electricians.— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) August 30, 2020
“Painters and plumbers” was how the late Canadiens and Blues GM Ron Caron used to describe it. Of course that was back when you pretty much just had two types of lines.
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The Isles-Flyers Game 3 is one of three on the NHL schedule tonight in series that are at 2-1. Everybody either headed to the brink or headed two a deadlock.
If you’re in the U.S., don’t tune to NBC Sports — this one is getting the prime national broadcast spot on the regular ol’ NBC. It starts at 8 p.m. EDT, or thereabouts.