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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Islanders look for second consecutive win against Division-rival Philadelphia
New York Islanders
19-16-4 (42 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
8-11-2 home
Philadelphia Flyers
17-18-3 (37 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
5-13-1 away
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders have split the season series against the Flyers, with the road team earning the win in both occasions. On March 28 at Philadelphia, the Islanders fell behind 2-0 but rallied thanks to Colin McDonald's first career two-goal game and a tally from John Tavares. The Flyers scored in the final minute to force overtime, but Brad Boyes and Josh Bailey scored in the shootout, and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside three-of-four attempts at the other end to secure the extra standings point. The teams will meet once more on April 25 at Philadelphia.

Mar. 28, 2013: NYI 4, PHI 3 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flyers player to watch
Wayne Simmonds - Right Wing

Wayne Simmonds has proven to be a pest against the Islanders this season, registering three assists in two games, including one on the tying goal near the end of regulation on March 28. The Scarborough, ON native netted three-game winning goals in four games from Feb. 23-Mar. 5. A year removed from a career-year in terms of goals (28) and points (49), the 24-year-old ranks second on the Flyers in goals (12), third in points (25) and second in penalty minutes (72).

 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, having allowed two goals or less in seven of the eight.
•The Islanders have won three straight at home dating back to March 24 vs. Florida by a combined score of 12-4.
•Since making his NHL debut April 1, newcomer Anders Lee has one goal and one assist in his two NHL games.
•The Islanders are one of four teams (Ottawa, Minnesota, Los Angeles) yet to allow a shorthanded goal.

The Matchup
Islanders
21.2% (28/132)
81.2% (95/117)
113
119
6-3-1

 
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games


 
     
  
Flyers
23.2% (33/142)
84.7% (127/150)
106
118
5-3-2
    
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
40 Michael Grabner - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
6 Jesse Joensuu - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
Forwards
93 Jakub Voracek - 28 Claude Giroux - 24 Matt Read
19 Scott Hartnell - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne Simmonds
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 9 Mike Knuble - 12 Simon Gagne
37 Jay Rosehill - 14 Sean Couturier - 18 Adam Hall

Defensemen
27 Bruno Gervais - 44 Kimmo Timonen
23 Kent Huskins - 29 Erik Gustafsson
22 Luke Schenn - 38 Oliver Lauridsen

Goaltenders
30 Ilya Bryzgalov
35 Steve Mason

What's Happening at the Coliseum

Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (First 50 receive a FREE gift)
Team Store Scratch off Ticket Offer
50/50 Raffle
•Chuck-a-puck
•Fan Appreciation Fan of the Game

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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