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Long Flyland; Flyers Game 19 vs Islanders: Lines, Notes, How to Watch

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Marc Staal is expected to return to the Philadelphia Flyers lineup Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

The Philadelphia Flyers (10-7-1) will play the New York Islanders (6-6-5) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., in what will be their second of eight consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents.

With a win at the UBS Arena, the Flyers can tighten their hold over their second place position in the division. Philadelphia is 9-2-0 when leading after the first period, and lead the NHL in wins when doing so. In addition, the Flyers are tied for first in the league for first period goals, with 25.

The Flyers will have another back-to-back this weekend, hosting the New York Rangers on Friday before heading back to Long Island to face the Islanders again Saturday.

The last back-to-back went pretty well, just ask Sam Ersson.

“I think after the game we had [Saturday] against a good team, getting the win there gave us lots of energy,” Ersson shared. “We’re a team in very good shape. I think we handled the back-to-back very good”.

Flyers Preview

The Islanders are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games against the Flyers. They’ve struggled mightily this season, however, and Ilya Sorokin has gone just 4-3-4 with a .906 save percentage. Wednesday’s projected starter, Semyon Varlamov, is 2-3-1 with a .934 save percentage.

As for the Flyers, we can expect Carter Hart to start Wednesday, and then one leg of the upcoming back-to-back on the weekend. Ersson has never faced the Islanders in his professional career, and there’s no guarantee he does so this week.

While the Islanders have largely been floundering to this point, the Flyers are the NHL’s hottest team. Winners of five straight, no other team in the league is currently on a longer streak than Philadelphia.

Wednesday’s lineup should remain virtually untouched from Sunday’s, with the exception of the now-healthy Marc Staal.

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Expected Flyers Lines

Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson

Joel Farabee – Ryan Poehling – Bobby Brink

Nicolas Deslauriers – Noah Cates – Garnet Hathaway

Defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Marc Staal – Egor Zamula

Goaltending

Carter Hart

Sam Ersson

Expected Islanders Lines

Simon Holmstrom – Bo Horvat – Mat Barzal

Pierre Engvall – Brock Nelson – Kyle Palmieri

Anders Lee – J.G. Pageau – Oliver Wahlstrom

Hudson Fasching – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck

Defense

Adam Pelech – Noah Dobson

Alex Romanov – Ryan Pulock

Sebastian Aho – Scott Mayfield

Goaltending

Semyon Varlamov

Ilya Sorokin

Flyers Special Teams

Flyers power play: 11.48%, 28th

Flyers penalty kill: 81.67%, 14th

Islanders power play: 22.92%, 10th

Islanders penalty kill: 69.49%, 31st

Flyers Game Notes

With his pending appearance Wednesday, Sean Couturier will tie Eric Desjardins for ninth-most games in Philadelphia Flyers history (738).

Marc Staal is expected to make his return to the ice after a 14-game absence due to a rib injury.

Bobby Brink replaced Morgan Frost in the Flyers lineup on Sunday, and scored in his return.

Owen Tippett’s four-game goal streak snapped Sunday with Frost out of the lineup.

The Flyers‘ five-game win streak is their longest since 2019-20, and the longest active streak in the NHL.

How to Watch the Flyers Game

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 93.3 WMMR

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