The Philadelphia Flyers look to accomplish a 3-1 comeback for only the 2nd time in team history. With the only other time coming in 2010 vs the Boston Bruins.
Oskar Lindblom played in his first game since December 7th in Game6. After beating cancer & fighting his way back to health, Oskar was rewarded for his hard work. A journey that Alain Vigneault made a deal with Lindblom last week…
“There’s no doubt that having him around and in the last, I would say, week there was a feeling, a buzz around our team that he might get a chance to play. We had sort of made a deal with him. Originally in the schedule, September the 6th was the start of the Conference Final in Edmonton. We sort of made the deal with him that we would get there and you get yourself ready to play in Edmonton. The circumstances made it that we needed him before and luckily he was ready. What does that say about the young man, that after having going through what he went through. He could have easily said. ‘Listen with the way things are in the world and the COVID, I’m going to wait for next year. I’ll get ready and I’ll be 100%’. No, he comes back. He helps his teammates. Gets himself ready to play. I don’t want to say we accelerate the process here, but the 6th of September, the 3rd of September, it’s pretty close. He’s all in. He wanted to play and help his teammates. That says a tremendous amount about the young man.” – Alain Vigneault
Sean Couturier did not play in Game6. After an incidental knee-to-knee contact with Mathew Barzal late in the 2nd period of Game5, Couturier missed Game6 with a knee injury. An injury that is not a torn ACL according to sources. If Couturier returns for Game7, it will mark the second time in 3-years that Couturier has played in a playoff game with a knee injury. Played Game5&6 in 2018 vs Penguins with torn MCL.
Joel Farabee missed Game6 with an apparent injury. An injury that could have very possibly happened during a high hit from Adam Pelech in Game5. Farabee’s head/neck area was the main point of contact on the hit. Causing a whip-lash effect. No injury update has been provided. However, if the injury occurred from the hit, it could be Farabee is dealing with a minor concussion.
With Oskar Lindblom returning for Game6, roster decisions now become even more important. Alain Vigneault has the healthiest team he has had in the bubble for Game7. With a possible return of Sean Couturier & Joel Farabee, who is out for unknown reasons, Vigneault now has some tough decisions to make for the Flyers.
Challenges have killed the Flyers. Alain Vigneault is 0 for 3 in the series when challenging. One noticeable thing about the challenges has been no communication with video coach Adam Patterson. Over the years, Patterson has had a keen eye & been extremely successful with telling the bench to challenge. Don’t think any of the three Vigneault challenges came from Patterson.
The power-play has yet to score in the series. A power-play that is operating at 8.3% for the post-season. In the clinching Game6 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st round, Kevin Hayes started the leaders comeback with a goal. Could the power-play be the x-factor tonight in Game7?
Carter Hart will start in net for the Flyers once again. The Flyers 22-year-old net-minder made the timely saves needed in the 3rd period & first overtime in Game6 to put the Flyers in a position to win. None bigger than a pad save on Anders Lee on a scramble in-front in the first overtime. The Flyers are in Game7 because of Hart’s play. Now, Hart looks to take the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Scott Laughton — Claude Giroux– Jake Voracek
James van Riemsdyk – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom – Derek Grant – Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl – Nate Thompson – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Phil Myers – Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg – Justin Braun
- The Flyers have won 56% of their Game7 matchups. But, just like in Game5&6, the Flyers are underdogs once again. Best moneyline odds for Flyers win is +120 on FanDuel.
- Kevin Hayes has scored in 23 games this season. The Flyers are 22-0-1 when Hayes scores. If Hayes scores tonight, that trend bodes well for the Flyers. Hayes to score is +325 on DraftKings.
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Game7 – New York Islanders – 7:30pm – NBCSN
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