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Flyers vs. Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers are hoping some home cooking can serve as the remedy for their sudden scoring troubles.

Sparking the offense will not come easily Saturday when the Flyers (10-6-3) host the Islanders (13-3-1).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers' goal-scoring difficulty crept up rather quietly because the team was playing well, beating quality clubs and on a seven-game point streak.

The issue became much more recognizable when the point streak was halted Friday night by a 2-1 loss to the Senators (see observations).

After scoring 3.27 goals per game over their first 15 games, the Flyers have put up just 1.50 in their past four. They've lost two straight games, scoring only one goal in each outing.

• Why won't it get any easier?

Because Barry Trotz and the Islanders are in town. New York is on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1) and allowing just two goals per game during that stretch. Overall, the Islanders surrender the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.29.

However, New York has played only five road games — the fewest in the NHL — compared to 12 home games. The Flyers have earned at least a point in eight of nine home games (6-1-2) and are scoring 3.67 goals per game at home.

• Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss, who is 7-1-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .942 save percentage, doesn't have great career numbers against the Flyers: 6-4-2, 3.35 GAA, .897 save percentage.

• Playing a back-to-back set, the Flyers did not skate this morning, so it's uncertain how the lineup will look exactly.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Joel Farabee-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Carsen Twarynski
Andy Andreoff-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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Flyers rolled by Islanders, but let's not panic about Carter Hart

Flyers rolled by Islanders, but let's not panic about Carter Hart

BOX SCORE

The Islanders yanked the Flyers back to earth.

And the Flyers had to yank Carter Hart again.

New York, which can beat you up and wear you down with its physical, forechecking style, handed the Flyers a 5-3 loss Sunday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Flyers (5-4-1) had their three-game winning streak halted, while Barry Trotz's Islanders (8-3-0) are now winners of seven in a row.

• Let's not freak out about Hart.

Sure, the numbers are not pretty. The 21-year-old has a 5.92 goals-against average over his last three games, two in which he was pulled during the second period. He has allowed 12 goals on 43 shots in that stretch after making 75 saves on 80 shots through his first three games.

But he's only 21. He was playing his first professional games in the AHL at this time last season. He didn't start well with the Phantoms, either, and then turned it on with the Flyers.

Hart's last game was Oct. 19 and he saw only 15 shots. He hasn't seen a ton of action, so he's struggling to find a rhythm. The Flyers were also playing the NHL's hottest team Sunday night.

As bright as his future is, Hart deserves some patience, too.

• Samuel Morin hadn't played an NHL regular-season game since April 6 and looked like it Sunday night.

The 6-foot-6 defenseman was exposed by Mathew Barzal on the Islanders' fifth goal. Shayne Gostisbehere misplayed the goal, as well.

After being a healthy scratch for the first nine games of the season, Morin entered the lineup for Robert Hagg. It's hard to simulate game action no matter how diligently you practice. Morin had a rough season debut and expect Hagg to be back in Tuesday against the Penguins.

• Morin wasn't the only one of the Flyers' defensemen to have a night to forget.

Gostisbehere was not sharp and has three points through 10 games. It looks like he's trying to do too much, which can wear on a player's confidence. During his career 2017-18 season, Gostisbehere had 12 points in his first 10 games.

Travis Sanheim had a pretty assist on the game-opening goal but struggled, as well. On one sequence, the 23-year-old was easily pushed off the puck, which led directly to Ross Johnston's 3-1 goal in the first period.

The Flyers' blueliners, which had been pretty good during the three-game winning streak, took this one on the chin.

• The Flyers were outplayed during the first period.

The Islanders were quicker and tougher on pucks. Fortunately for the Flyers, they received a late goal from Travis Konecny that kept them afloat and down only 3-2 at first intermission.

But it took New York only six minutes into the second period to seize complete control of the game.

The start, though, was just as impactful. The Flyers have been outscored 11-8 in the first period through 10 games. They haven't given games away but they haven't jumped on teams, either.

• The Flyers received first-period goals from Konecny and Jakub Voracek but couldn't generate much the rest of the way. Claude Giroux scored a goal in the final three minutes of regulation off a nice pass from James van Riemsdyk and then the Flyers emptied their net, but it wasn't enough.

• Next up for the Flyers is their first matchup with the Penguins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

The big question: Who starts in net?

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Flyers at Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Islanders: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The new-look Flyers are getting an early chance to measure themselves against the Metropolitan Division.

The team went 10-16-2 against divisional opponents last season. On Sunday night, it'll have a chance to improve to 3-0-0 against Metro foes in 2019-20.

Looking for their fourth straight win overall, the Flyers (5-3-1) visit the Islanders (7-3-0).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers have scored 17 goals in their last three games after scoring seven in their previous four, all losses.

Alain Vigneault and company preached that the goals would come because the team was playing its system. So far, it has proven its point.

In the early going, the Flyers definitely look like a different team. The additions of Kevin Hayes, Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun have helped, but the emphasis on creating puck battles in the offensive zone and making the opposition's defensemen turn has been noticeable. 

• Hayes, Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk combined for nine points (four goals, five assists) in Saturday night's 7-4 win over the Blue Jackets.

The trio had a total of four points (three goals, one assist) in the Flyers' first six games.

Those three are warming and it's scary when they're producing on the same night.

• Defenseman Samuel Morin, the team's 2013 first-round pick, will make his season debut in place of Robert Hagg. After Saturday night's game, the move felt likely (see story).

The Flyers will also see a new forward in the lineup (see story).

• The Flyers haven't won four straight games in the first two months of a season since 2010-11.

• A note on Sean Couturier and the Flyers' improved depth:


Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Tyler Pitlick-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Samuel Morin

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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