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Ready for Flyers-Islanders Game 7? 'If you're not a little bit nervous, you're not normal'

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Down 3-1 in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series against the Islanders, the Flyers wanted a chance at a Game 7.

They'll get that chance Saturday, now tied 3-3 and with an opportunity to go to their first Eastern Conference Final since 2010.

"It’s going to be a lot fun," Robert Hagg said Friday in a video interview. "Game 7, that’s what you kind of dream of when you’re a kid playing on the street."

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSP

Where: Scotiabank Arena

Broadcast: NBC

Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers are 9-7 all-time in Game 7s.

Head coach Alain Vigneault is 5-2 all-time in Game 7s. The last time the Flyers played a Game 7 was in 2014, when Vigneault's Rangers beat them during the first round.

A Game 7 victory for the Flyers would make some pretty impressive franchise history.

The Flyers are 1-17 all-time in best-of-seven series when they've trailed 3-1. In NHL history, a team has erased a 3-1 deficit to win a series 29 times, four of those comebacks being from down 3-0. The one time the Flyers pulled it off was in 2010, when they stormed back to stun the Bruins with four straight wins.

 

More: Vigneault pulls out the history and the 'big-boy pants'

"We just got back from our morning skate," Vigneault said Saturday in a video interview. "I would say if you're not a little bit nervous, you're not normal. It is normal, Game 7, with what's at stake, with what's on the line, to be nervous, to be anxious, to have those butterflies.

"For us, we're exactly in the same situation that we were in prior to Game 5 and prior to Game 6 — if we don't win, our season's over. It's pretty much the same approach, we really don't talk that much about winning and losing, we talk a lot more about the process, what needs to be done on the ice in certain areas against certain players. We focus on that, we try and make sure that our players are focused in the right areas on doing the right things. Usually if you do that, and you back that up with 100 percent of what you have, it makes for a great game and that's what we're going to see tonight."

• The offensive production has picked up for the Flyers as the games have gotten bigger.

In Games 1-4 over the first and second rounds, the Flyers have scored 12 goals. In Games 5-6 over the first and second rounds, they've scored 15 goals.

• Prior to the Flyers beating New York in Game 6, the Islanders had not lost consecutive games in the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament.

In the games after their previous three losses, New York was 3-0 and outscored the opposition 12-2.

Can the Flyers finish the deal with three straight against the Islanders? It would make the comeback that much more impressive with it being against Barry Trotz and company.

Trotz, who has a Stanley Cup ring with the Capitals in 2018, is 2-2 all-time in Game 7s, while the Islanders are 3-5 all-time in Game 7s.

• The statuses of Sean Couturier (undisclosed) and Joel Farabee (undisclosed) are unknown. Both forwards suffered injuries in Game 5 and could not play in Game 6.

Everyone knows the toughness and importance of Couturier. He was forced to miss Game 4 in the team's 2018 first-round series against the Penguins, then returned for Games 5 and 6, playing on a torn MCL.

If Couturier or Farabee can play, it would seem like Oskar Lindblom would be the odd man out, but nothing is certain.

Speaking of uncertain, it's uncertain if Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss will start in net for the Islanders.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Scott Laughton-Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom-Derek Grant-Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl-Nate Thompson-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg-Justin Braun

Goalies

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott