The Flyers and Islanders were set to come right back from Game 2 and take the ice again just 25 hours later for Game 3. But the social injustice issues in the world and United States provided a reason to put everything on pause and take a break from hockey, for all the right reasons.

Players spoke out about these issues, how they vowed to listen and learn and how they want to be involved. Every game on Saturday will have an extended moment of solidarity and we are sure to see more displays of this in the coming weeks.

There is a game once again on Saturday, and after a few days of necessary reflection and conversation, it is time to get back on the ice. The Flyers and Islanders will be out there, and the team that comes out on top will once again be on top in the series.

Game 3 is set for 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew York IslandersGPGAP
Kevin Hayes11369Josh Bailey112911
Jake Voracek10448Anthony Beauvillier117310
Sean Couturier11167Mathew Barzal11369
Scott Laughton10325Jean-Gabriel Pageau11628
Joel Farabee9325Brock Nelson11358
Player to Watch
13 Kevin Hayes44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +4Last 5 Games: 3 G, 0 A, 3 P, +6
Kevin Hayes sure stepped up in a big way in Game 2, and now that he has three goals in his last three games, he seems poised to be among the Flyers top performers consistently. The Flyers are going to need him at both ends of the ice in this series, and following an excellent Game 2, he looks to follow it up.
In both games of this series, Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored at a critical time. Both goals have come in the third period, one essentially putting the Islanders stamp on a game and the other tying the game late and forcing overtime. Look for him to be around the net and trying to come up with the big goal again in Game 3.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart40 Semyon Varlamov
10 GP, 7-3-0, 1.97 GAA, .935 SV%11 GP, 8-2-0, 1.76 GAA, .932 SV%

The previously scheduled back-to-back made it much more of a question who would get the start. There's really no question now. It's back to Carter Hart. Hart was again sharp in Game 2, and despite allowing three goals, helped keep the Flyers in the game throughout and gave them a chance to win, all you can ask from your netminder.

It seemed like the Islanders plan was already established when Semyon Varlamov was pulled in the first period of Game 2. Yes, he struggled out of the gate, but this was an opportunity, with Game 3 today, to get Varlamov on the ice and be ready for that game. Expect Varlamov back in goal tonight after a short day on Wednesday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
49 Joel Farabee13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk38 Derek Grant62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
12 Michael Raffl44 Nate Thompson18 Tyler Pitlick
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Islanders Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
27 Anders Lee13 Mathew Barzal7 Jordan Eberle
18 Anthony Beauvillier29 Brock Nelson12 Josh Bailey
10 Derick Brassard44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau47 Leo Komarov
17 Matt Martin53 Casey Cizikas15 Cal Clutterbuck
3 Adam Pelech6 Ryan Pulock
25 Devon Toews24 Scott Mayfield
2 Nick Leddy4 Andy Greene
40 Semyon Varlamov1 Thomas Greiss

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: No word on any lineup changes for the Flyers, but Scott Laughton was an interesting absence in Game 2. Vigneault would not comment on player availability, which could indicate that Laughton is battling an injury, but if he's able to play, the Flyers could use a player who is fresh and ready to go.
  • Islanders: The Islanders will likely not make many changes to the lineup, especially now that the back-to-back in the series has been pushed back. They have some valuable depth in veterans Derick Brassard and Johnny Boychuk available, and both could see action if they want to inject some players who should have extra energy into the lineup.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (22nd), Islanders (T-14th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (14th), Islanders (20th)
  • Recent History vs. Islanders
    • Oct. 27, 2019 - Islanders 5, Flyers 3 (at NYI)
    • Nov. 16, 2019 - Islanders 4, Flyers 3 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Feb. 11, 2020 - Islanders 5, Flyers 3 (at NYI)
    • Aug. 24, 2020 (Game 1) - Islanders 4, Flyers 0
    • Aug. 26, 2020 (Game 2) - Flyers 4, Islanders 3 (F/OT)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Islanders (Career Regular Season Stats)
    • Claude Giroux - 52 GP, 18 G, 38 A, 56 P
    • Jake Voracek - 42 GP, 6 G, 27 A, 33 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 37 GP, 11 G, 17 A, 28 P
    • Sean Couturier - 37 GP, 10 G, 18 A, 28 P
    • Matt Niskanen - 38 GP, 4 G, 14 A, 18 P
    • Carter Hart - 2 GP, 0-2-0, 6.23 GAA, .833 SV%

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

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