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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Islanders

The Flyers and the Islanders face off tonight 6PM, at the Barclays Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 258 gp (134-89-26-10)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 41pts, Voracek (13g-28a)

NYI: 36pts, Tavares (19g-17a)

Power Play: (PHI: 36-for-165, 21.8%, 9th) (NYI: 19-for-130, 14.6%, 26th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 116-of-145, 80.0%, T-20th) (NYI: 108-for-135, 81.8%, T-20th)

 

1. ISLE OF CHANGES

This is just the third game since the Islanders relieved Jack Capuano, who had been head coach for the last seven years, of his duties and named Doug Weight the interim head coach… The Isles won their first two games under Weight, 3-0 vs. Dallas & 4-2 vs. LA on Saturday night… They also come into tonight winners of three straight games where they have outscored their opponent, 11-2.

 

2. I SECOND THAT

Both teams are playing the second of games on back-to-back nights… The Flyers own a 6-3-2 record in the second of back-to-backs, while the Islanders own a 2-3-2 mark in Game 2… This will also be the third game in a four-day span for the Isles, who are in the midst of a season-high, six-game homestand and are 13-8-4 at home… The Flyers are looking to snap a three game losing streak in which they have scored just four goals, while also looking to snap a nine-game road winless skid.

 

3. POLE POSITION

The Flyers are ranked ninth, one point behind in the race for the final wild card position with 50 points through 47 games… The Islanders are in last place in the Eastern Conference, but are just five points out from the wild card position with 46 points and only 44 games played, just four points behind the Flyers… The Flyers have 19 games remaining against Metropolitan Division opponents, while the Islanders have 18 games left within their own division.

 

4. BROOKLYN BOUND… AGAIN

This is the fourth straight game the Flyers are playing the Islanders in Brooklyn, winning the last two meetings, including this year's first meeting, 3-2, in a shootout… The Flyers have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 15 games against the Isles, going 8-3-4… Claude Giroux has more points against the Islanders (41) than any other team in his career, while John Tavares has 28 points and scored the second most goals against the Flyers (15) than any other team in his career.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (LW: #11 - Travis Konecny)

The 19-year-old rookie ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 22 points (8g-14a) in 46 games, while averaging just 14:45 of ice-time thus far which is ranked 14th on the team… Konecny has scored four of his eight goals in his last nine games and is tied for second on the Flyers in even strength points (18)… In his only game against the Isles, he scored one of the two regulation goals.

ISLANDERS (C: #91 - John Tavares)

The Islanders captain has been on a tear lately, recording eight goals and nine points in his last five games, including three goals and four points in his last two games… He leads the team in both goals (19) and points (36) and since he was drafted First Overall in the NHL in 2009 he has led the Islanders in scoring in six of his seven seasons (2013-14 only exception).

 

TODAY AT 50

On January 22, 1988… The Flyers career of popular role-playing winger Lindsay Carson comes to an end after 346 regular season games with the club. Looking for more blueline depth, Philadelphia trades Carson to the Hartford Whalers for Paul Lawless.

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