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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.

Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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 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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