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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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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