Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers

The Islanders wrap up their six-game road trip in Philadelphia.

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright

New York Islanders
19-23-7 (45 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
12-14-0 road
Philadelphia Flyers
24-19-5 (53 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
12-8-1 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: Julian Coltre
2013-14 season series (0-2-0)

The Islanders lost both meetings with the Flyers this season, losing each game by a 5-2 score. In the most recent outing at Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers 3-0 lead proved insurmountable. John Tavares and Eric Boulton scored cutting the deficit to one, but that was as close as the Islanders came. Anders Nilsson relieved Kevin Poulin in the second period, making his first appearance for the Islanders this season.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 23, 2013: PHI 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flyers player to watch
Wayne Simmonds - Forward

Simmonds’ 16 goals lead the Flyers and his 35 points only trail captain Claude Giroux. Simmonds plays a hard-nosed style of hockey (77 PIM), and isn’t afraid to go to the net, as well as crash and bang. In 48 games, the Scarborough, ON, native has surpassed his goals, assists and points totals from last year’s shortened season (15-17-32 in 45 games). Simmonds has five points (1g/4a) in his last two games.
Islanders Storylines
End of the Road: The Islanders wrap up a six-game trip tonight in Philadelphia. The Islanders go for their fifth win on the trip and their ninth road win in 10 tries.
Home-and-Home: The Islanders kick off a home-and-home series with the Flyers. The series shifts back to Long Island Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Metropolitan Division: The Islanders return to the Metro division after playing six straight against non-divisional opponents. The Islanders next four games are all against Metro-division rivals.
Poulin: Kevin Poulin has won six of his last seven games in the Islanders crease, allowing two goals or less in four of them.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.7% (15th)
75.2% (30th)
134
157
8-2-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Flyers
18.7 (16th)
84.4% (8th)
128
136
6-3-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
37 Brian Strait
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
 
Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
Forwards
12 Michael Raffl - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
19 Scott Hartnell - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne Simmonds
24 Matt Read - 14 Sean Couturier - 40 Vincent Lecavalier
9 Steve Downie - 76 Chris VandeVelde - 18 Adam Hall


Defensemen
44 Kimmo Timonen - 5 Braydon Coburn
32 Mark Streit - 8 Nicklas Grossmann
22 Luke Schenn - 41 Andrej Meszaros

Goaltenders
35 Steve Mason
29 Ray Emery

Quote of the Day:
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on Kevin Poulin:
Kevin was solid. He really controlled his rebounds. He was really poised back there and he made some timely saves. With [Evgeni Nabokov hurt], this is an opportunity for Kevin and hopefully he’ll keep playing the way he’s been playing for us.”

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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