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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

Thursday, 04.25.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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