New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers
Riding a big win in Washington, the Isles look to finally solve the Flyers
Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
Check out the Islanders lineup for tonight's game in Philadelphia. Click here.
Flyers (Expected) LineupsForwards: Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr, Talbot-Briere-Voracek, Read-Schenn-Simmonds, Shelley-Couturier-Zolnierczyk
Defensemen: Bourdon-Carle, Coburn-Timonen; Meszaros-Gustafsson
Goaltenders: Bryzgalov, Bobrovsky
|Team Record: 17-21-6
Last Game: 3-0 W @ WSH
Season Series: 0-1-1 of 6
|Team Record: 27-13-4
Last Game: 5-1 W vs. MIN
Season Series: 2-0-0 of 6
Parenteau changed line mates at the end of December, but that hasn’t stopped his consistent production.
Parenteau has 11 points (3g/11a) in his last ten games, as well as a shootout goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 3.
Jack Capuano said that he can place Parenteau on any line and that PA will play his game, calling him a utility player. The pass-first winger leads the team with 30 assists, but notched the first two-goal game of his career in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Washington.
Parenteau is a fixture on the Isles first power play unit, and his second goal on Tuesday came with the man advantage. The humble, yet confident French-Canadian is always quick to pass praise, and the puck, to his teammates. He sits third on the Isle leader board with 39 points (9g/30a), appearing in all 44 games.
The Flyers rookie is red-hot at the moment, scoring goals in five straight games. Three of Couturier’s last five goals have been game-winners, including his goal against the Islanders last week.
Couturier is the second Flyers rookie behind Matt Read, to score in four straight games and he has eight points (5g/3a) in his last nine games. On the season, he has 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.
The 6’3, 197 lb. center hasn’t completely filled out yet, but isn’t afraid to play physical hockey. He had a season-high three hits against the Islanders in their Nov.23 meeting.
No Love in Philly: The Islanders haven’t won in Philadelphia since the 2006-07 season, a streak of 13 games. While they have struggled against the Flyers as a whole, the raucous Wells Fargo Center has been especially difficult for the Isles.
One Goal Games: There is evidence that the Islanders are close to reversing their fortunes against the Flyers. Both meetings between the teams this season were decided by one goal, with the Islanders taking a point in a 4-3 overtime loss on Nov. 23.
Ten and Counting: With the game-winning goal Tuesday night in Washington, Islanders leading scorer John Tavares extended his point streak to 10 games, the longest of his career. Tavares has scored 17 points (6g/11a) over his last 10 and can match David Krejci’s season-high 11-game streak with a point in Philly.
Discipline, young Islander: The Islanders have largely stayed out of penalty trouble in 2012. In their last eight games, the Isles haven’t sent more than three men to the box and have killed off 16 of their last 17 penalties.
(From the AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have been playing well since hosting and losing the Winter Classic, especially at home. A visit from the New York Islanders on Thursday night doesn't figure to stop that momentum.
New York's last win in Philadelphia was 4-2 on April 7, 2007, and the Islanders (17-21-6) have been outscored 54-24 during their 13-game skid there.
The Islanders out-hit and out-shot the Philadelphia Flyers in the teams last meeting on Jan. 12 at Nassau Coliseum, but the Flyers prevailed 3-2. Sergei Bobrovsky played a strong game stopping 33 of 35 shots including a penalty shot on Michael Grabner.
Sean Couturier scored the game-winning goal with a minute and a half remaining in the third period. Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers while John Tavares and Kyle Okposo tallied the Islanders two goals.
IslandersPower Play %: 19.4%
Penalty Kill %: 83.7%
Home Record: 10-11-3
Road Record: 7-10-3
Goals For: 103
Goals Against: 132
FlyersPower Play %: 19.4%
Penalty Kill %: 82.4%
Home Record: 11-6-2
Road Record: 16-7-2
Goals For: 149
Goals Against: 127
Jack Capuano on keys to a win in Philadelphia: “We’ve got to prepare the same way that we prepare. That’s thinking defense first and getting our chances offensively. They got some guys that can score goals and they score three or four a night or more. So for us, it’s a matter of continuing how we want to play to be successful. We have to stay disciplined for sure and keep them off the power play and hopefully we can change the outcome of what’s happened here as of late.”
Travis Hamonic on the Islanders struggles against the Flyers: “Hopefully we are going to change that [the Isles struggles in Philadelphia]. They are a good team, but I thought last week we played them, we played very well. Obviously we didn’t get the two points and it’s frustrating, but there were a lot of things to build off of. Thursday’s going to be a new day and a new game and we’re looking forward to challenging ourselves again.”