The Philadelphia Flyers will be in action tonight. Twice! The Flyers will face off against the New York Islanders in split-squad action. One game will be in Allentown at the PPL Center, while another group will travel to Brooklyn tonight.
Here are the Flyers’ lines, pairings, and how to watch the boys in action tonight.
Islanders @ Flyers – PPL Center
First, the game at the PPL Center, coached by Dave Hakstol.
Dale Weise – Jori Lehtera – Matt Read
Taylor Leier – Corban Knight – Pascal Laberge
Carsen Twarynski – German Rubtsov – Colin McDonald
That top line will be one to keep an eye on throughout camp. Weise is almost guaranteed a roster spot, but he could fit in anywhere in the bottom-six. Lehtera and Read aren’t quite guaranteed to make the roster, so they’ll be battling it out for a spot in the bottom-six. Otherwise they’ll be the extra forward or sent to the AHL.
The second line will definitely be the most exciting on the night. This is the third game in a row that Lindblom and Patrick are together, and they’ve created some great plays so far. They’re near-locks to make the roster at this point. Adding a skilled pro like Aube-Kubel on their right side should help them net a goal tonight.
The bottom-six is less noteworthy, but Leier has experience in the NHL and at the PPL Center and is a darkhorse candidate for a roster spot or an early season call-up. Rubtsov will get a chance to show off his flashy skillset in the arena he could be playing in this season, but it’s much more likely that he’ll be sent back to Chicoutimi before turning pro next season.
Sam Morin – Mark Alt
Shayne Gostisbehere – Robert Hagg
Brandon Manning – Travis Sanheim
While the forwards aren’t that star-studded, the defense corps is full of NHLers.
Morin and Hagg have been strengthening their grip on a roster spot recently and will each get a chance in the top-four tonight. They have both played smart, simple games thus far and that should continue tonight.
Hagg will get another chance with Gostisbehere, which looks like it could be a good pair to start the season. They’ll get to show their stuff against some NHLers tonight.
Lastly, Sanheim will play with the most experienced defenseman on tonight’s roster in Brandon Manning. Sanheim has been out of his element a bit in the past two games, we’ll see how he does with a seasoned veteran by his side.
This will be Neuvirth’s first action of the season. Neuvirth’s had his fair share of injuries over the past few seasons, so it’ll be good to see him back out there in game action.
Irving played okay but gave up a weak goal early in the third period on Sunday. He is fighting to become the Phantoms’ backup goalie after Anthony Stolarz’s injury left the Flyers in a bind.
How to watch
Tonight’s game in Allentown will be broadcasted on TCN or streamed live on CSNPhilly.com.
Flyers @ Islanders – Barclays Center
Now, the lineup for the game in Brooklyn. Coached by assistants Gord Murphy and Ian Laperriere
Jordan Weal – Mikhail Vorobyev – Radel Fazleev
Greg Carey – Phil Varone – Danick Martel
Connor Bunnaman – Mike Vecchione – Ivan Kosorenkov
The top line is the only one full of NHLers. Raffl looked fantastic on Sunday with Laughton as his center, and hopefully that can continue this evening. He is a lock for a roster spot but he could slide up and down the lineup.
Konecny will see action for the second straight game on his natural right side. He showed off his speed on Sunday and looks like he’s ready for a big sophomore season.
Jordan Weal will also be a guy to watch as his spot in the lineup could be anywhere from the top line to the third line. Vorobyev has been fantastic so far in camp. He and Weal could combine for some great plays.
Vecchione has been seeing time at wing in camp but will get a chance back at his natural center position tonight between two junior studs in Bunnaman and Kosorenkov.
Will O’Neill – Philippe Myers
Mark Friedman – Reece Willcox
TJ Brennan – Maxim Lamarche
Myers being in this group rather than the group in Allentown speaks to his spot in camp. He will need more seasoning in the AHL before being called up either mid-season or next season.
Lyon and Hart both looked great in the rookie game and Lyon continued that on Sunday. They should split time evenly in this one, with Lyon potentially getting two full periods.
How to watch/listen
As of now, there is no video stream or way to watch the game in Brooklyn. You can listen on FlyersRadio247.com
We will keep you posted if that changes.
Flyers hockey is back in full swing with two split-squad games tonight and a full squad game tomorrow night in Boston.
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