NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Visit New York Islanders
The Philadelphia Flyers brought momentum to their downtrodden season this week when they went on a four-game winning streak, but were routed by the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday and were unable to score a point. On Tuesday night in Long Island, they will try to bring that momentum back to the team as they visit the New York Islanders.
The Flyers are still not in a any sort of playoff position. The only way they will get a spot in the playoffs is with a really impressive run in the month of April. This essentially means that they need to get a point in every game this month. It will be tough to do that, especially since every other team in the league will be pushing to do the same.
The Islanders are in far better shape than the Flyers right now. With their 19-16-4 record, they are maintaining the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. However, they are also going to need to have an impressive run in April to keep the eighth seed and to earn themselves a spot in the playoffs.
With that in mind, the Islanders will really be pushing for the win on Tuesday night, especially since it will be on their home ice. The Islanders also have two really solid players in John Tavares and Matt Moulson. Tavares is leading the team with 23 goals, while Moulson has been backing him up all season long with 25 assists. The Flyers are definitely going to have to watch it when these two are in their zone with the puck.
With Ilya Bryzgalov‘s poor performance in Saturday’s game and the defense lagging, we may see Steve Mason get a chance to shine. It might even be smart on Peter Laviolette‘s part to give Mason the start in this game.