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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
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Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers
The Islanders wrap up their six-game road trip in Philadelphia. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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