Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers
The Islanders wrap up their six-game road trip in Philadelphia.
Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
|New York Islanders
19-23-7 (45 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
24-19-5 (53 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
Wells Fargo Center
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.
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.
• 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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
16 Peter Regin – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner – 29 Brock Nelson – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
47 Andrew MacDonald – 37 Brian Strait
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 4 Radek Martinek
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
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
44 Kimmo Timonen - 5 Braydon Coburn
32 Mark Streit - 8 Nicklas Grossmann
22 Luke Schenn - 41 Andrej Meszaros
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.”