Updated: 5:15 p.m.
The Flyers have another chance to make a significant move in the standings.
In the second game of a back-to-back set for both teams, the Flyers (31-18-7) visit the Islanders (32-16-6) Tuesday.
Let's get into the essentials:
• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
• Where: Barclays Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• With 26 games left, they're all big at this point. But this one is particularly huge for a few reasons.
A win in regulation would push the Flyers into third place of the Metropolitan Division (see standings). The Flyers currently hold the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot and a 65.2 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to Hockey-Reference.com.
The Flyers also have an unchecked box within the division. They have yet to take down the Islanders (0-1-1), while they've beaten every other divisional team.
To show their marked improvement, the Flyers have gone 10-3-4 within the division after going 10-16-2 against Metropolitan clubs last season. In 2018-19, the Flyers went winless against the Capitals, Hurricanes and Blue Jackets (0-10-2). This season, they're a combined 6-0-2 against those teams.
• The Islanders are 5-1-1 in the second game of back-to-back sets and allow the NHL's fewest goals per game in such contests (2.00).
• A few notes on Flyers defensemen:
In 26 fewer games, Ivan Provorov has topped his point total from last season.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) February 11, 2020
In 25 fewer games, Matt Niskanen has topped his point total from last season.
How good have they been for each other?
Robert Hagg has gone 18 straight games without being a minus player.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) February 11, 2020
He is a plus-14 in that stretch with 6 points and the #Flyers' third-most blocked shots at 23.
• Joel Farabee will enter the lineup as Morgan Frost comes out. Here are some thoughts on the decision (see story).
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Justin Braun
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