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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flyers

The Islanders rematch with the Flyers Monday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flyers
The Islanders rematch with the Flyers Monday afternoon at the Coliseum. (1:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
19-24-7 (45 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
7-9-7 home
Philadelphia Flyers
25-19-5 (55 points - 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
12-11-4 road
1:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
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
2013-14 season series (0-3-0)

The Islanders lost all three meetings with the Flyers this season, including both games at Wells Fargo Center. In their most recent outing, the Islanders had a 4-3 lead entering the third period, but could not hang on, eventually losing 6-4. John Tavares, Cal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait scored for the Islanders. The Isles chased Flyers starter Steve Mason, but Ray Emery earned the win in relief.

LAST GAME: 
Jan.18, 2014: PHI 6, NYI 4 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Flyers player to watch
Andrej Meszaros - Defense

Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is on fire, with nine points (3g/6a) in his last six games. Meszaros has shown some offensive prowess in his career, having surpassed 30 points four times in nine seasons. The Slovakian defenseman was recently named to the Slovakian Olympic squad. Meszaros scored two first-period goals against the Islanders on Saturday, marking his third career two-goal game against the Isles.
Islanders Storylines
Rematch: The Islanders get another crack at the Flyers less than 48 hours after Saturday’s loss.
Series Wrap Up: The Isles and Flyers wrap up their season series this afternoon. The Flyers lead the series three games to none.
Metropolitan Division: The Islanders play the second of four straight games against the Metropolitan division. Six of their next eight games are against Metro division opponents.
Visnovsky Practices: Lubomir Visnovsky practiced with the team for the first time since suffering a concussion on Oct. 19.
Returning Home: After six straight on the road, the Islanders play their next seven games in New York and on Long Island.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.4% (17th)
75.5% (30th)
138
163
7-3-0


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Flyers
18.5 (16th)
84.6% (7th)
134
140
6-3-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
40 Michael Grabner 29 Brock Nelson13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait 47 Andrew MacDonald 
46 Matt Donovan – 44 Calvin de Haan
14 Thomas Hickey – 7 Matt Carkner
 
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
18 Adam Hall – 37 Jay Rosehill

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 defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky:
"I feel like a hockey player right now because when I wake up, my legs are sore, not just my head. My body feels like it did before and it's a great feeling. I am happy to skate with the guys."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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