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
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New York Islanders @ Philadelphia Flyers
Check out the Islanders lineup for tonight's game in Philadelphia. Click here.

Flyers (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: 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
PA Parenteau
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.
Sean Couturier
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.

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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.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 40 out indef. (IR)
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 4 No timetbl. (IR)
Reasoner 1/7 Broken hand 2 No timetbl. (IR)
Islanders
Power Play %: 19.4%
Penalty Kill %: 83.7%
Home Record: 10-11-3
Road Record: 7-10-3
Goals For: 103
Goals Against: 132
Flyers
Power 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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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