The Flyers were five minutes away from a more comfortable win in Game 5, holding a 3-1 lead, when the Islanders made their push and completed a comeback to force overtime. Just like in Game 2, the Flyers found a way to win in overtime, extending the series to Thursday night's Game 6.

A Game 6 can be just as unpredictable as a Game 7 to an extent. There is still desperation on the part of the team with their backs to the wall and there is an element of desperation for the team leading the series to finish things off and move on without needing that winner-take-all decisive game.

The Flyers have a chance to force this series to the brink with a win in Game 6, and it could require them to do so without one of their top players in the process.

Game 6 is set for 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew York IslandersGPGAP
Kevin Hayes143811Josh Bailey1421315
Sean Couturier14279Anthony Beauvillier147411
Scott Laughton13448Brock Nelson146511
Jake Voracek13448Mathew Barzal144711
Claude Giroux14167Jean-Gabriel Pageau14729
Player to Watch
21 Scott Laughton29 Brock Nelson
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, -1Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, E
In the event that the Flyers are without Sean Couturier, there is a good chance you see Scott Laughton back on the top line between Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek. There was some good chemistry between that line early and they capitalized in overtime to keep the series alive. For the sake of not disrupting too much of the top six, this may be the easiest change the Flyers can make to accommodate Couturier's possible absence.
The Islanders had the game on their stick in overtime, and it just happened to be their hottest scorer of late. Brock Nelson had already scored two goals in Game 4 and had tallied in Game 5 when he got a breakaway in overtime. Nelson has the touch right now, so watch for him to be a key contributor again in Game 6.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart40 Semyon Varlamov
12 GP, 8-4-0, 2.12 GAA, .929 SV%13 GP, 9-3-0, 1.85 GAA, .929 SV%

If not for Carter Hart, the Flyers season would already be over. Hart was spectacular in overtime in Game 5, making several crucial saves that bought the Flyers time to score the winning goal and force Game 6. They will lean on him again in Game 6 to try to get this series to go the distance.

While the Flyers did get a 3-1 lead, Semyon Varlamov was also sharp throughout Game 5 and made some big saves late in the third and in overtime to keep the game going. The Islanders have clearly put their trust in Varlamov, and he will be in goal again as they look to claim the series.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux21 Scott Laughton93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom38 Derek Grant18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl44 Nate Thompson62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Defense
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
Goalie
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
Defense
3 Adam Pelech6 Ryan Pulock
25 Devon Toews24 Scott Mayfield
2 Nick Leddy4 Andy Greene
Goalie
40 Semyon Varlamov1 Thomas Greiss

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: As warmups started, it was known what was already speculated. Sean Couturier is out for the game. So is Joel Farabee, who took a high hit from Adam Pelech in Game 5 and is feeling the effects of that. There is some big news as to who comes into the Flyers lineup. Oskar Lindblom officially returns less than nine months after his diagnosis with Ewing's sarcoma. Michael Raffl will also be back in the lineup.
  • Islanders: Similarly, in warmups, Mathew Barzal was on the ice, so he is available for Game 6 and will play. No other changes were made to the Islanders lineup.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (23rd), Islanders (11th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (17th), Islanders (14th)
  • 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)
    • Aug. 29, 2020 (Game 3) - Islanders 3, Flyers 1
    • Aug. 30, 2020 (Game 4) - Islanders 3, Flyers 2
    • Sept. 1, 2020 (Game 5) - 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
TV: NBCSN
Radio: 97.3 ESPN

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

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