Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers

The Islanders wrap up their sixth back-to-back set of the season Saturday in Philadelphia.

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers
The Islanders wrap up their sixth back-to-back set of the season Saturday in Philadelphia. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
8-12-3 (19 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
3-8-0 road
Philadelphia Flyers
9-10-2 (20 points 5th in Metropolitan Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-7-0 home
7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King, Color: Greg Picker
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen each scored for the Islanders, but a Vincent Lecavalier hat trick powered the Flyers to a 5-2 victory Oct. 26 at Nassau Coliseum. Former Isles captain Mark Streit had two assists in his return to Long Island. Captain Claude Giroux also had two assists in the game.
 
LAST GAME: 
Oct. 26, 2013: PHI 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flyers player to watch
Claude Giroux - Center

After a slow start to the season, Claude Giroux is heating up. The Flyers captain leads the team with 13 points (2g/11a) and has points in five of his last six games (2g/4a). Giroux is a crafty playmaker and had two assists against the Islanders in their first meeting this season.

 
Islanders Storylines
Vanek Returns: After missing five games with an upper-body injury, Thomas Vanek made his presence felt in his return, scoring two goals Friday against the Penguins.
Feelin' the Love: The Isles are 3-2-0 in their last five trips to Philadelphia, with two of their three victories having come in shootouts.
Cizzlin’: Casey Cizikas is riding a four-game point (3g/1a) streak after assisting on Colin McDonald’s goal Friday.
The Matchup
Islanders
17.1% (21st)
70.4% (30th)
66
77
3-7-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Flyers
14.5 (24th)
81.8% (18th)
44
51
6-2-2
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
46 Matt Donovan – 4 Radek Martinek
14 Thomas Hickey – 7 Matt Carkner

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson

Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
Forwards
19 Scott Hartnell – 28 Claude Giroux – 93 Jakub Voracek
40 Vincent Lecavalier – 10 Brayden Schenn – 17 Wayne Simmonds
9 Steve Downie – 14 Sean Couturier – 24 Matt Read
36 Zac Rinaldo – 18 Adam Hall – 37 Jay Rosehill

Defensemen
44 Kimmo Timonen – 5 Braydon Coburn
8 Nicklas Grossmann – 32 Mark Streit
22 Luke Schenn – 29 Erik Gustafsson

Goaltenders
35 Steve Mason
29 Ray Emery
Quote of the Day:

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Friday's loss:
“We worked hard and it came down to a play at the end of the game. We have to find a way with a minute left.”


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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