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|Team Record: 26-28-9
Last Game: 3-2 OTL @ WSH
Season Series: 2-1-1 of 6
|Team Record: 34-21-7
Last Game: 1-0 L @ SJS
Season Series: 2-1-1 of 6
After missing two games with back spasms, Bailey returned to action on Tuesday with some new linemates - the recently called up David Ullstrom and Frans Nielsen.
With the change, Bailey was moved out of his natural center position to the left wing. It proved successful as he scored the Islanders first goal, driving to the net and collecting his own rebound. Bailey previously benefitted from playing with Ullstrom, as he scored two goals and four assists when Ullstrom was with the team from Nov. 21-Dec 20. 2011.
Hartnell reached the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his career with two goals against Calgary on Feb. 25.
Hartnell’s 58 points (30g/28a) in 62 games leave him two assists shy of tying his career high of 30 and two points shy of his career high of 60. The big-bodied winger had a strong February, netting 14 points (5g/9a) in 13 games playing alongside fellow All-Star Claude Giroux.
Marching On: After a 6-6-2 February, the Islanders look to move forward in March, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Isles face playoff teams in their first eight games in March, including six games vs. divisional rivals New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York.
Philly’s power play: The Flyers power play leads the league in goals this season with 53 and opportunities with 270. The Flyers big guns have cashed in on the man advantage, as Claude Giroux has 32 points (6g/26a) and Scott Hartnell has 15 goals. After playing disciplined hockey for most of the season, the Islanders took four penalties Tuesday against the Capitals, conceded two goals to the Senators on Sunday and two more to the Rangers on Friday. The Isles killed off their last seven penalties in Philadelphia, but now isn’t the time to tempt fate.
Line Changes: Jack Capuano shook up his lines before Tuesday game in Washington putting Josh Bailey and David Ullstrom on a line with Frans Nielsen. He also put Michael Grabner with Casey Cizikas and Kyle Okposo. Bailey scored 4:14 into the contest and the coach liked what he saw from Grabner, but after losing a two-goal lead late in the contest, it remains to be seen if more shuffling will occur.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 45 shots in regulation and two more in a shootout to steal a 1-0 victory for the Islanders over the Flyers on Feb. 7 at Wells Fargo Center. Frans Nielsen scored the game-decider and Andrew MacDonald played a team-high 29:19 as the Isles skated with a depleted d-corps. Aaron Ness made his NHL debut skating 14:25.
Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played Flyers.
IslandersPower play: 18.72%
Penalty kill: 82.16%
Home record: 14-14-5
Road record: 12-14-4
Goals For: 148
Goals Against: 187
FlyersPower play: 19.63%
Penalty kill: 80.71%
Home record: 14-10-5
Road record: 20-11-2
Goals For: 203
Goals Against: 188
Answer from Tuesday's question: Evgeni Nabokov became the sixth Islanders goaltender to shut out the Washington Capitals. What Islanders goalie has recorded the most clean-sheets vs. the Capitals? The answer is B: Chico Resch. Resch posted four shutouts against the Capitals, the most among Isles netminders. 10 of the 12 shutouts against the Caps have come in Washington, including all four of Resch’s.
Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight and Capuano will roll with the same lines as Tuesday's game in Washington. Click here for the lines.
Flyers Expected LineupsForwards: Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr; Read-Talbot-Simmonds; Van Riemsdyk-Schenn-Voracek; Rinaldo-Couturier-Briere
Defensemen: Carle-Coburn; Timonen-Kubina; Grossman-Meszaros.
Bailey on going for a third win in Philadelphia: "We just need to bring it like we did the last two times there. I think we played two good games, obviously Nabby stole the last for us there. I think bring that confidence we’ve had against them this season and try and get a win."
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