Philadelphia Flyers (31-18-7, 69pts)
New York Islanders (32-16-6, 70pts)
at Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
Presented by: BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION
Season Series: 0-1-1
All-Time Record: 272gp (139-94-26-13)
PHI - Sean Couturier: 49-pts (15g-34a)
NYI - Mathew Barzal (18g-27a) & Brock Nelson (21g-24a): 45-pts
1. WINNER, WINNER
Both teams are playing the second game on back-to-back nights and both teams traveled last night... The Flyers are coming off a 4-1 win over the Panthers on Monday, while the Islanders took a 5-3 win at Washington... Both teams are also piling up points as of late - the Flyers have picked up points in 11 of 14 games since Jan. 8 with a 9-3-2 record and posted an average of 3.37 goals per-game... The Isles have earned points in 10 of their last 14, going 7-4-3, including six of their last seven (4-1-2)... A win in regulation tonight will vault the Flyers into third place in the Metropolitan Division behind the Penguins.
2. BROOKLYN BEAT
It's the third meeting this year and first in Brooklyn with the first game at NY played at Nassau Coliseum... The Islanders have won both games of the series and currently own a three-game winning streak over the Flyers, as well as wins in five of their last seven meetings... On the road has been a different story - the Flyers have earned points in seven of their last nine visits to Long Island... Specifically in Brooklyn, they have earned points in six of eight, going 5-2-1 at Barclays.
3. GETTING DEFENSIVE
The Islanders are once again one of the top defensive teams in the NHL, ranking in the Top 5 of the NHL in fewest goals against (T-5th - 2.70)... They lead all NHL teams in hits per 60 minutes (28.2) and most blocked shots in the NHL (934)... The Flyers defense scored their 36th and 37th goal last night, which is two more than all of last season... Their 37 goals ranks second in the NHL, only to NY Rangers (39)... The Flyers lead all teams for the fewest amount of shots allowed, averaging 28.7 per-game.
4. LATELY THE PLAYERS...
Anthony Beauvillier is currently riding a five-game point streak with six points (3g-3a), while Derrick Brassard has a three-game point streak with four points (2g-2a) and has recorded three points in two games against the Flyers this season (1g-2a)... Mathew Barzal has scored in each of the games against the Flyers this season and has a four-game point streak against Philly (2g-3a)... Claude Giroux has the most points against the Islanders 18g-36a, 54pts) than any other team in his career... James van Riemsdyk has 10 points (4g-6a) in his last 11 games... Brian Elliott has earned the Flyers points in each of his last five starts on the road, going 3-0-2, with a 2.74 GAA.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH
FLYERS (D: #15 - Matt Niskanen)
Niskanen enters tonight with points in two straight and five of his last six games, recording seven points (2g-5a) in that stretch... He leads the team's defense with 19 assists and is second with 26 points in 55 games... Against the Isles, Niskanen has 18 points (4g-14a) in 37 career games and has a +16 rating which is the highest among any NHL teams in his career.
ISLANDERS (C: #29 - Brock Nelson)
Nelson has points in nine of his last 11 games, recording 14 points (6g8a) in that stretch, which also includes an active six-game point streak at home, posting eight points (4g-4a)... In the two meetings against the Flyers this season, he has three assists and has posted seven points (3g-4a) in his last six games against the Flyers.