Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers
Islanders take on Philadelphia Thursday in the final Atlantic Division matchup of the season
New York Islanders
24-16-6 (54 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
14-5-3 road
Philadelphia Flyers
21-22-3 (45 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
14-7-2 home
7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2-1-0)
After losing the first matchup with the Flyers, the Islanders have rebounded to win the last two. On April 9, New York fell behind 1-0 early, but rattled off four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored the goals, while Colin McDonald and Brad Boyes each had multiple-assist outings. Evgeni Nabokov made 26-of-27 saves to earn the win.

Apr. 9, 2013: NYI 4, PHI 1 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flyers player to watch
Claude Giroux - Right Wing

Claude Giroux has turned it on during the second half to lead the Flyers in scoring with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists). The sixth-year pro has five goals and 16 assists over his last 17 games, and ranks fourth in the league in helpers this season. Giroux has found the score sheet in all three games against the Islanders so far in 2012-13.
 

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (8-0-3) and in 14 of their last 15 overall (11-1-3).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in 10 straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 16 games.
•Andrew MacDonald ranks third in the league with 119 blocked shots.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 223 hits.
The Islanders clinched a playoff berth Tuesday. They can finish anywhere between 5th and 8th in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Matchup
Islanders
20.5% (31/151)
80.2% (109/136)
137
135
7-0-3
 
  
 
 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
  
     
  
Flyers
21.7% (36/166)
85.4% (152/178)
129
139
5-5-0
  
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards

26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
Forwards
12 Simon Gagne - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
24 Matt Read - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne simmonds
19 Scott Hartnell - 14 Sean Couturier - 48 Danny Briere
37 Jay Rosehill - 18 Adam Hall - 26 Ruslan Fedotenko

Defensemen
6 Andreas Lilja - 29 Erik Gustafsson
22 Luke Schenn - 38 Oliver Lauridsen
3 Kurtis Foster - 32 Brandon Manning

Goaltenders
35 Steve Mason
30 Ilya Bryzgalov

Quote of the Day

"It’s been fun. Winning is fun. When you get that feeling and start believing, seeing the standings, it’s certainly an exciting thing. We’ve found a way up to this point, to seal up those third periods when we have the lead, and when we’re behind, to get back. It’s just a belief that we’re going to get the job done."

Left wing Josh Bailey,
on the team's success in April

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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