The Philadelphia Flyers need a win in Game6 to stay alive in their 2nd round series vs the New York Islanders. Down 3-2 in the series, the Flyers started their comeback with a 4-3 overtime win in Game5.
Head coach Alain Vigneault’s message to the Flyers leaders, “need to put their big-boy pants on”, was answered in Game5. Vigneault’s message for Game6? Well, Vigneault kept it pretty simple, “We have to win. It’s as simple as that.”
Sean Couturier did not finish Game5. After an incidental knee-to-knee contact with Mathew Barzal late in the 2nd period, Couturier was slow to get up & labored over to the Flyers bench. Where Couturier looked to be in a lot of discomfort. In 2018, Couturier played Game 5&6 vs the Penguins with a torn MCL. At the moment, Couturier is a game-time decision. A decision that will be answered during warmups.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel played only 5-shifts (2:42) over final 30:40 of game-time in Game5. With Flyers already down Sean Couturier, Alain Vigneault kept Aube-Kubel out of rotation & went with a 10man bench. Aube-Kubel was a candidate to come out of the lineup if Michael Raffl was ready to return. But, with the uncertainty surrounding Couturier, Vigneault may have no choice but to keep Aube-Kubel in the lineup.
With Claude Giroux & James van Riemsdyk breaking their droughts, Travis Konecny remains the only leader without a goal. A goal that is becoming more & more frustrating for Konecny. However, after a move to the 3rd line in Game5, Konecny seems to be re-energized. Firing 4-shots on goal while setting up the Flyers 2nd & 3rd goals.
Oskar Lindblom has now skated pregame warmups for Games 4 & 5. Before Game5, head coach Alain Vigneault said “I think we’re still a few days away here. I think he’s closing in.” With the uncertainty to Sean Couturier, wonder how many days Alain & Oskar had it mind. Could Oskar be ready for Game6?
If Sean Couturier can’t go & Oskar Lindblom does not return, who else could the Flyers go with? One name to keep an eye on is Morgan Frost. Losing Couturier would leave a void in the Flyers offense. A void that Alain Vigneault could move some people around & fill with Frost. But, just remember, Frost & most of the Flyers “black aces” have not played in a game since early March.
Carter Hart will start in net for the Flyers once again. The Flyers 22-year-old netminder made the timely saves needed in the 3rd period & overtime in Game5 to put the Flyers in a position to win. None bigger than Brock Nelson’s mini-breakaway in overtime. If the Flyers force a Game7, Hart will play a big part in that.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jake Voracek
Joel Farabee – Kevin Hayes – Tyler Pitlick
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Travis Konecny
Derek Grant – Nate Thompson – Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Phil Myers – Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg – Justin Braun
- The Flyers have won 15% of their series when down 3-2. However, with a win, the Flyers will force a Game 7. Where they have won 56% of them. Flyers best moneyline odds are +110 at FanDuel.
- Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the post-season in Game5. Giroux has 5G & 13A in 18-career elimination games. The Flyers need a big game out of their captain again to force a Game7. Claude Giroux to score 2-points or more is +350 on DraftKings.
- Jake Voracek has been non-existent in this series. After carrying the Flyers top-6 against Montreal, Voracek has yet to register a point against the Islanders. Jake Voracek to score & Flyers win will net you $7.50 on the dollar at FOXBet.
Game6 – New York Islanders – 7:00pm – NBCSN
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