Flyers Look For Some Regulation Magic
It has been since March 15th that the Flyers have won a game in regulation. That victory was also the last time that a game the Flyers were involved in was not decided in a shootout. You can bet that the Flyers and their fans are absolutely sick of the shootout.
It is rather obvious that Philadelphia's play as of late has not been great. They have continuously struggled to hold on to leads and just about every cliche about not giving 100% or not putting in a 60 minute effort can be applied to them for how they have been playing in March.
Here's another cliche... All it takes is one game to turn everything around and get a winning streak together, and the Flyers couldn't ask for a better opponent to do so against. They will face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at 7.
The Flyers have beaten the Islanders 19 out of the last 20 times. But it's not always pretty when the Flyers play New York. The last time these two teams met the Flyers blew a 2 goal lead before winning the game in overtime. Here are highlights from that game:
As the Flyers learned from that game and as Peter Laviolette stressed before the OT win over the Islanders, there is no such thing as a guaranteed win or an easy game. The Islanders me be the worst team in the Eastern Conference, but teams playing the spoiler role do a lot of damage this time of the year.
The remaining schedule for the Flyers is going to be quite the challenge with three sets of games on back to back nights and plenty of divisional play. Even though the Islanders are not an easy opponent, the two games against them are assumed the least challenging.
The big news tonight is the return of Trevor Gillies from suspension. Everyone knows who Gillies is by now. Many people want him out of the NHL completely. There are no better terms to describe him than "goon." That is what he is. He plays with reckless abandon and shows no respect. This time he is coming off a 10 game suspension. One can only hope that he is very uninvolved in the game tonight.