Philadelphia
Flyers
47-26-9
New York
Islanders
34-37-11

22 SOG
31 SOG
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NYI
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Islanders vs. Flyers

Tuesday, 03.13.2012 / 10:23 PM

Cory Wright

Team Record: 28-31-11
Last Game: 5-4 SOL vs WSH
Season Series: 2-2-1 of 6
Team Record: 40-22-7
Last Game: 3-0 W vs NJD
Season Series: 3-1-1 of 6
Matt Moulson
With a first period score Tuesday night, Moulson picked up his 30th goal of the season, hitting that mark for the third consecutive season. Moulson became the first Islanders player since Ziggy Palffy to score 30 goals in three straight seasons.

Moulson has seen his goal and point totals increase every year since joining the Islanders in 2009-10. He is 28th in league scoring with 59 points, a career high. His consistency and durability are two of Moulson's best attributes, as he has appeared 234 straight games for the Islanders.
Claude Giroux
The Flyers All-Star center is enjoying a career year, with 80 points (25g/55a) in 65 games. Giroux leads the NHL in assists and matched his career high in goals with a tally against New Jersey on Sunday.

Giroux is on a tear, racking up three goals and 15 assists in his last 13 games, including five assists against the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 16. This season against the Islanders, Giroux has five assists.
Final Flight: In the final meeting between the two clubs, the Islanders have an opportunity to split the season series with the Flyers, something they haven’t done in the last four seasons. With two wins at Wells Fargo Center, the Islanders ended a 13-game losing streak in Philly and took a tremendous step forward against a team that has had their number. 

Milestones: Matt Moulson and John Tavares both reached the 30-goal mark Tuesday night against Washington, giving the Islanders two 30-goal scorers for the second straight season (Last season: Moulson and Grabner). Moulson became the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy to score 30 goals in three straight seasons (1996-98) and Tavares hit 30 for the first time in his career. Moulson is one goal shy of his career high, set last season. Travis Hamonic recorded a goal and two assists against Washington, setting a career high with his first three-point game.

The 51 Million Dollar Man: Ilya Bryzgalov is on fire for the Flyers, posting three straight shutouts as part of a six-game winning streak that included a fourth shutout on Mar. 4. Philadelphia’s masked man hasn’t allowed a goal in 196:13. The Russian netminder lost to the Islanders on Feb. 7 in a shootout, but did not surrender a goal in regulation and won the teams’ next meeting Mar. 1. Bryzgalov appears to be over his mid-season funk and has been on top of his game for the Flyers down the stretch.
Matt Read, Claude Giroux and Andrej Meszaros each had three-point nights as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Islanders 6-3 Mar. 1 at Wells Fargo Center. Read scored two goals, including the game-winner, while Meszaros, Jaromir Jagr, Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier also contributed goals for the Flyers. Josh Bailey scored twice for the Islanders and Kyle Okposo rounded out the scoring. The loss ended the Islanders two-game win streak in Philly.


Click the photo for gallery from the last time the Islanders played the Flyers.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 33  10 weeks
PA Parenteau 3/13 Upper body 1
Islanders
Power play: 18.5%
Penalty kill: 80.5%
Home record: 15-15-6
Road record: 13-16-5
Goals For: 164
Goals Against: 211
Flyers
Power play: 19.7%
Penalty kill: 81.6%
Home record: 18-10-5
Road record: 22-12-2
Goals For: 223
Goals Against: 197




Answer from Sunday's question: How many hat tricks did Mick Vukota have in an Islanders uniform? Vukota scored a natural hat trick on Oct. 20, 1989 against the Washington Capitals, his only one. Vukota, who amassed 1879 PIM's as an Islander, also picked up a fight in the contest.
Evgeni Nabokov will start in goal tonight. Steve Staios and Marty Reasoner are scratched. PA Parenteau is back in the lineup. Click here for the lines.

Flyers Expected Lineups
Forwards:
Hartnell-Giroux-Jagr
Wellwood-Briere-Voracek
Read-Schenn-Simmonds
Talbot-Couturier-Rinaldo

Defensemen:
Timonen-Carle
Coburn-Grossmann
Lilja-Gustafsson

Goaltenders:
Bryzgalov, Bobrovsky

John Tavares on Tuesday night's 5-4 SOL to the Capitals: "When we let them get a couple goals and get within one, it seemed like we tightened up. We didn’t stay on the pedal and try to finish them off.”


2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '12PHI 3 at NYI 2S. Hartnell
Mar 01 '12NYI 3 at PHI 6M. Read
Feb 07 '12NYI 1 at PHI 0 - SOF. Nielsen
Jan 19 '12NYI 4 at PHI 1J. Bailey
Jan 12 '12PHI 3 at NYI 2S. Couturier
Nov 23 '11PHI 4 at NYI 3 - OTD. Briere
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Giroux66265682+52765
S. Hartnell70332962+20124155
J. Jagr61182947+61872
W. Simmonds70221941-18994
M. Read67192039+111035
D. Briere61142438+56122
J. Voracek66132437+72802
K. Timonen6523537+104020
M. Carle7043034+73030
M. Talbot70181129+64812
A. Meszaros6271825+63822
S. Couturier65121224+181204
J. van Riemsdyk43111324-12421
B. Coburn6931619+25400
P. Kubina5931013+16101
B. Schenn429312-22632
C. Pronger1311112+11010
N. Grossmann6501010+53600
Z. Rinaldo54268-218100
H. Zolnierczyk36325-122800
E. Wellwood12325+8001
M. Bourdon39224+14601
E. Gustafsson25134+11200
A. Lilja40033+63400
J. Shelley26011-64900
T. Sestito14011-38300
A. Nodl12011-1200
K. Marshall10000-1800
B. Holmstrom5000+0200
M. Walker4000-21600
B. Manning3000+2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov5129-13-612313492.52.909
S. Bobrovsky2512-9-1666533.03.899
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Tavares71313970+02478
P. Parenteau70154661-38162
M. Moulson71302959+66124
M. Streit7153439-233821
K. Okposo68152035-202421
F. Nielsen71132134-9641
M. Grabner67161026-161212
T. Hamonic6221820+67110
J. Bailey6910919-161811
A. MacDonald6451318-62010
M. Martin697714-1410401
B. Rolston49459-12601
M. Jurcina59279-302820
S. Staios56088-165100
D. Ullstrom24246+0400
M. Reasoner50055-182400
M. Eaton55134-161001
D. Reese19134+11100
C. Cizikas9033-1200
J. Pandolfo54112-13800
M. Mottau29022-101500
N. Niederreiter46101-211200
T. Wallace31011-7600
B. Comeau16000-11600
M. Haley9000+03300
A. Ness9000+0200
R. Rakhshani5000+0200
T. Gillies3000-1000
C. de Haan1000+1000
T. Wishart1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
E. Nabokov3916-18-39510912.58.913
A. Montoya226-6-5555852.71.906
R. DiPietro83-2-3221773.73.876
K. Poulin62-4-0151623.04.907
A. Nilsson41-2-0101122.75.911
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