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 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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