Philadelphia Flyers (5-3-1, 11pts)
New York Islanders (7-3-0, 14pts)
at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Uniondale, NY
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Season Series (2018-19): 2-2-0
All-Time Record: 270gp (139-93-26-12)
PHI - Travis Konecny: 12-pts (5g-7a)
NYI - Brock Nelson: 9pts (4g-5a)
1. FIRST MEETING, SECOND GAME, THIRD PERIOD, FOURTH WIN?
The Flyers enter tonight looking for their fourth straight win, and are playing the second of a back-to-back... They dropped on only back-to-back they have played this season (3-6 at EDM)... Thanks to their five-goal outburst on Saturday, the Flyers are now 2nd in the NHL in third-period goals (16) and in average goals per-game in the third period (1.77)... They have scored seven of their last 11 goals and have outscored their opponent, 7-2, in the third period... The Flyers are also T-3rd in the NHL on the power play with 10 goals on the man advantage.
2. TREASURE ISLAND
While the Flyers are playing the second of a back-to-back, the Islanders come into tonight playing their third game in four nights... After a slow start, losing three of their first four, the Isles have rattled off six straight wins making them the hottest team in the NHL... After finishing last season with the fewest goals against in the NHL (191, 2.33 GAPG), the Isles are competing for that top spot again - they rank in the Top 5 for fewest goals against so far this season (T-3rd: 24), and combined goals-against average (T-5th: 2.40 GAA).
3. ISLAND OF DREAMS
Both teams won a pair of games in the season series last year, but the Flyers won both games on Long Island, which were both at Nassau, outscoring them 9-3... Dating back to 2016, the Flyers have just one regulation loss and are 6-1-1 playing on the road against the Islanders... Claude Giroux (53), Sean Couturier (25) and Michael Raffl (11) have the most points against the Islanders than any other team in their NHL career, while Kevin Hayes (6) and Ivan Provorov (3) have the most goals against the Isles than any other NHL team in his career.
4. THE PLAYERS HAVE...
Isles defenseman Nick Leddy has a three-game point streak entering tonight, posting three goals and five points in that stretch... Isles forward Brock Nelson leads the team in scoring with nine points and has four multi-point games in his last six contests, posting eight points (3g-5a)... Claude Giroux has points in four of his last five games, posting five points (1g-4a)... Oskar Lindblom is tied for the team lead in goals (5) and has not gone two straight games this season without scoring... Travis Konecny leads the team in scoring with 12 points (5g-7a) and has recorded a point in eight of the first nine games... Carter Hart will start in net, it will be his first action since Oct. 19 vs. Dallas... For the Isles, Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlomov have split starts all season long with neither goaltender making two starts in a row - Greiss started the Isles last game and has held opponents to two goals or fewer in five of his first six starts - he is 4-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .931 save percentage.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (RW: #25 - James van Riemsdyk)
After posting five points in his last two games, potting three goals and adding two assists, JVR is the player you'll want to keep an eye on... He continues to rank in the Top 5 in the NHL in shots per-game (4th: 4.33)... Against the Isles, van Riemsdyk has 11 goals and 26 points in 34 games.
ISLANDERS (C: #13 - Mathew Barzal)
After starting the year with one point in his first four games, Barzal has now recorded seven points (4g-3a) in his last six games... He leads the team with a plus-minus of +7, while also leading all forwards on the team in ice time (19:19)... Barzal has the second most points (12) and tied for the second-most goals (4) against the Flyers than any team in his young career.