It doesn't feel like it can get much lower for the Flyers, especially after not only being the team to lose to the Buffalo Sabres for the first time in 19 games, but to get demolished, 6-1, on the scoreboard. That pretty much answered all of the remaining questions about this playoff race, even if the Flyers still remain three points behind the final playoff spot upon entering Saturday's action.

The Flyers are about to embark on another rough month, facing numerous contenders and not having a lot of time off between games. It all starts with Saturday night's game against the New York Islanders.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew York IslandersGPGAP
James van Riemsdyk35131831Mathew Barzal37132033
Joel Farabee34141327Nick Leddy3712425
Claude Giroux3391827Jordan Eberle37131124
Sean Couturier24101727Jean-Gabriel Pageau36111223
Jake Voracek3252227Josh Bailey3761723

Players To Watch 4-3

From an offensive standpoint, Sean Couturier has been right in the middle of just about everything for the Flyers of late. His eight points easily tops the list in the last five games for the team, and as one of the leaders, he'll be looking to help the Flyers get back on the right track with their play by his example.

Mathew Barzal is starting to heat up, picking up a hat trick in his last game. The forward has always posted strong numbers against the Flyers, but hasn't really been the center of attention in a lot of games between the two this season. That could easily change on Saturday.

Goalie Matchup 4-3

Carter Hart makes his return to the ice after getting the last two games off. Hart has gone through numerous struggles this season, so this is his chance to show how the reset he just had has helped his game.

It was a strong couple of games for Ilya Sorokin when the Flyers last faced the Islanders. Sorokin limited the Flyers to one goal in each game and essentially helped steal the third game of the three-game series with an outstanding night in goal.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Line Combos 4-3

Flyers Scratches: Morgan Frost (injury), Robert Hagg (injured), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (healthy), Erik Gustafsson (healthy)

Opponent Line Combos 4-3 Updated

Islanders Scratches: Michael Dal Colle (injured), Sebastian Aho (healthy), Kieffer Bellows (healthy), Thomas Hickey (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: One notable addition for the Flyers is the insertion of Tanner Laczynski into the lineup. Though not yet a confirmed part of Saturday's lineup, he received stick taps during stretches after Friday's practice, an indication that the rookie forward will make his NHL debut. In addition, Shayne Gostisbehere returns on the blue line in place of Erik Gustafsson and both Nolan Patrick and Oskar Lindblom will play. It appears that Nicolas Aube-Kubel will be coming out of the lineup to compensate for Laczynski's entrance.
  • Islanders: A few differences from the last time the Flyers and Islanders met. Noah Dobson is off the COVID list and able to play again. Michael Dal Colle also remains out injured.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-18th), Islanders (20th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-29th), Islanders (16th)
  • Recent History vs. Islanders
    • Jan. 30, 2021 - Flyers 3, Islanders 2 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • Jan. 31, 2021 - Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • March 18, 2021 - Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (at NYI)
    • March 20, 2021 - Islanders 6, Flyers 1 (at NYI)
    • March 22, 2021 - Islanders 2, Flyers 1 (F/OT) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Islanders
    • Claude Giroux - 57 GP, 19 G, 42 A, 61 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 42 GP, 11 G, 22 A, 33 P
    • Jake Voracek - 47 GP, 8 G, 28 A, 36 P
    • Carter Hart - 5 GP, 2-3-0, 4.44 GAA, .852 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Flyers Radio Network

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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