PHILADELPHIA FLYERS vs. NY ISLANDERS
1 p.m. | 97.5 The Fanatic
* Five of the 18 skaters will be appearing in their first ever NHL preseason game (Kosorenkov, Lindblom, Patrick, Rubtsov, Vorobyev).
* 10 skaters have played in at least one NHL regular season game with Matt Read leading the way with 418 NHL games played.
* Among the defense, Shayne Gostisbehere has the most NHL experience with 142 NHL games… Only two of the six defensemen dressing have more than one game of NHL experience (Gostisbehere & Provorov).
* Scott Laughton is one of only five players with over 100 games of NHL experience in today's game, despite only appearing in two NHL games last season.
"Preseason is big for me," said Laughton. "I need to have a good preseason and then carry that into the real season, so I'm looking forward [to tomorrow]."
* The Flyers will go with the tandem of Alex Lyon and Leland Irving in net… Lyon has already seen action against the Islanders this preseason, appearing in the first half of the Rookie Game on Sept. 13 where he let up one goal in 30 minutes between the pipes.
* Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol went a little further into the thought process of what is looked at in an NHL preseason game. Especially with it being the first game, there's isn't a heavy emphasis on systems of play, rather the individuals going out and playing their game and to their strengths.
More from Hakstol… "I would expect at some point in time we might get a little low on energy at some point in time in the 60 minutes. I'm not concerned with that. I want to see guys rise above that a little bit, continue to think the game well. Play hard and play intelligent."
* Today's game kicks off a string of three straight preseason games against the Islanders as the two teams will battle twice on Wednesday, Sept. 20 in a split squad game… Counting the Rookie Game on Sept. 13, the Flyers play a string of four consecutive exhibition games against the Islanders.
The Flyers roster for tonight is as follows:
11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl
15 Jori Lehtera
21 Scott Laughton
24 Matt Read
42 Cole Bardreau
46 Mikhail Vorobyev
54 Oskar Lindblom
63 German Rubtsov
64 Nolan Patrick
74 Mike Vecchione
89 Ivan Kosorenkov
9 Ivan Provorov
48 Robert Hagg
50 Sam Morin
53 Shayne Gostisbehere
57 Travis Sanheim
61 Philippe Myers
32 Leland Irving
49 Alex Lyon