The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be looking for their fourth consecutive victory once they host the New York Islanders for the second day in a row on Sunday.
After sweeping a pair of video games on the street towards the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers have been lucky to increase their successful streak towards the Islanders. The Flyers managed solely 17 photographs on aim, however crucial one was Scott Laughton’s sport winner with 1:44 left in time beyond regulation for a 3-2 win.
“They have been the higher workforce on the ice,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault mentioned of the Islanders. “We have been capable of bend and never break. We’ll be searching for methods to get higher.”
Goaltender Carter Hart stopped 26 of 28 photographs, however Vigneault mentioned after the sport that backup Brian Elliott will begin Sunday.
Travis Konecny may also be again on Sunday, in response to Vigneault, after being benched as a wholesome scratch on Saturday. Konecny was the Flyers’ main aim scorer final season.
“His 5-on-5 sport must be higher within the areas that he is conscious of,” Vigneault mentioned. “I had a great dialog with him and count on him, the subsequent time he is again within the lineup, to play the fitting approach.”
This rematch towards the Islanders would be the tenth sport for the Flyers. They’re 6-2-1 and but have not performed notably nicely at instances.
The Flyers have not reached 20 photographs on aim in three of the primary 9 video games.
But they’re successful.
“What I am searching for from our group is to play the fitting approach that lets you win,” Vigneault mentioned.
The Islanders will likely be hoping to keep away from a fifth straight loss, which wasn’t anticipated after advancing to the Japanese Convention Finals final season.
They shortly fell behind 2-0 on Saturday however tied the sport at 2 and have been clearly the higher workforce within the second and third intervals.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz indicated that Ilya Sorokin will doubtless begin in aim on Sunday. Semyon Varlamov performed Saturday and stopped 14 of 17 photographs.
Trotz added that there may very well be different lineup modifications.
For the Islanders, the duty is to revert again to their playoff type of a season in the past.
“There’s not a lot distinction between the highest groups and the underside groups and so it’ll be the grind,” Trotz mentioned. “Let’s embrace the grind, the battle and keep within the combat.”
How do the Islanders do this?
“Everybody needs to pile on proper now,” Trotz mentioned. “Generally while you suppose it will get the darkest, that is while you’re closest to breaking out of it. So that is what we will maintain onto proper now.”
One participant who was constant once more Saturday was Matt Martin. It was the 700th sport performed in Martin’s profession.
“The sport’s modified so much since I first got here within the league,” Martin mentioned. “Once I first got here right here, it was all about getting greater, greater, greater. For the final three or 4 years, it is sort of been a bit of again the opposite approach. We’re attempting to get skinnier and lighter. The principles have modified. And you have to proceed to evolve if you wish to keep on this league.”
–Discipline Stage Media