Linus Sandin set to make NHL debut; Flyers at Islanders
The (13-21-8) Philadelphia Flyers will look to avoid suffering their 13th straight loss when they travel to the UBS Arena in Elmont, NY, to take on the (14-14-6) New York Islanders. Linus Sandin will make his NHL debut and Connor Bunnman fills in for Jackson Cates.
Other than those two fourth-line changes, the rest of the lineup will stay the same. You can catch the game at 7:30 pm on NBCSP.
I’d expect to see Martin Jones get the nod for tonight’s game considering Carter Hart played last night in that tough 3-1 loss against the Stars. Jones is currently 6-7-2 on the season with a 3.52 GAA and a .902 SV%.
Linus Sandin is set to make his NHL debut tonight on a wing alongside Connor Bunnaman and Zack MacEwen. After a slow start to the season in the AHL, Sandin has been on fire lately scoring six points (5G-1A) in his last seven games.
Sandin is a solid bottom-six player who has a decent shot and works well along the boards. In his last three games with the Phantoms, Sandin has scored two goals and dished an assist and has really started to look comfortable down in the AHL.
Watching Sandin make his NHL debut tonight should at least give people like me who have to watch every game, an excuse as to why we’re still watching this slop.
Nick Seeler away from LW
I’m not going to lie, Seeler at LW wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. That doesn’t mean it didn’t still physically hurt watching him play, but it was a fun little thing Yeo tried out because he was just feeling silly apparently.
I love how this organization will let Wade Allison play in three games in three nights with the Phantoms, but asking Connor Bunnaman or Linus Sandin to do it is a no-go. Not to mention Allison was just recovered from that high-ankle sprain suffered in the rookie game before training camp and was actively returning from the elbow issue that made him miss an extended period of time.
It’s hard to trust anything anyone is this organization says.
Flyers Lineup vs the New York Islanders
Oskar Lindblom – Claude Giroux – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson
Max Willman – Morgan Frost – Gerry Mayhew
Linus Sandin – Connor Bunnaman – Zack MacEwen
Ivan Provorov – Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim – Rasmuss Ristolainen
Keith Yandle – Cam York
We didn’t have a chance to complain about the Flyers’ awful power play last night because the refs also didn’t feel like watching the Flyers pass the puck alongside the perimeter of the zone for two minutes. Zero calls throughout an entire game is crazy, especially considering there were a ton of plays during the contest that could’ve easily been called.
Let em’ play!
It’s totally understandable, in-fact, I wouldn’t bat an eye if every referee in the league came to an agreement to never give the Flyers another power play again this season.
Keith Yandle will break Doug Jarvis’s record of 964 consecutive regular-season games played in the NHL tonight. The Flyers have even broken out some “Iron Man” shirts that players have been seen wearing around the arena before the game.
The Flyers are 0-1-1 so far this season against the Islanders, losing both their games in that back-to-back scenario on the 17th and 18th. If you feel like the Flyers have any chance to turn their luck around tonight, their odds to win their first game in UBS Arena are +200 on Parx Sportsbooks.
Mandatory Credit: Zack Hill/Flyers