Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, 04.9.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / 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
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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 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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