The New York Islanders (3-4) carry a three-game losing streak into their back-to-back set in Philadelphia, where the Flyers (5-2-1) are in a considerably more pleasant position.
It’s early, etc., but it’s a condensed season. Road trips are not the same in this pandemic era — there’s no road crowd to add atmosphere, and to boost the home team — but perhaps the isolation of pandemic restrictions on the road can also test a team.
None of that really explains the last three losses, though: Offensive impotence in New Jersey, then collapses of two different varieties in D.C.
The Isles have two chances to right the ship this weekend. Ryan Pulock was called a gametime decision after not skating this morning; presumably the rest of the lineup would remain the same.
For the Flyers, Travis Konecny may be getting an Accountability Scratch.
File Under Unexpected: The Flyers have switched Samuel Morin from defenseman to left wing, and the player he studies to guide his transition is none other than Matt Martin.
January 30, 2021