Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-4: 20pts) at New York Islanders (11-7-2: 24pts)
at Barclays Center | Brooklyn, NY
TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP+ | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series (2016-17): 3-1-0
All-Time Record: 262gp (136-90-36)
PHI: 26-PTS, Voracek (6g-20a)
NYI: 23-PTS, Tavares (15g-8a), Bailey (4g-19a)
1. TRIAL ON THE ISLE
The Flyers meet the Islanders for the first of four times this season and play the first of a home-and-home series which will conclude at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 24 in the Flyers' annual black friday game at 4 pm… The Flyers and Islanders met four times in the preseason, with the Flyers going 1-2-1… Last year's season series saw the Flyers win three of the four games, including the two games in Brooklyn, both by a 3-2 score, both going past regulation and both with Claude Giroux scoring the game-winning goal (one in a shootout and the other in overtime)… The Flyers have earned at least a point against the Islanders in 14 of their last 17 meetings, posting a record of 10-3-4.
2. BROOKLYN BEATDOWN
With all the past success the Flyers have had over the Isles, this season could be the toughest test yet as the Islanders have the league's best home record in terms of winning percentage (.875)… The Islanders are the only NHL team remaining who are unbeaten on home ice in regulation, going 6-0-2 in Brooklyn… The Islanders are averaging 4.6 goals per-game at home and have outscored their opponent by a 37 to 23 margin, while also putting five or more goals on the board in six of their eight home games…
3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers are looking to snap a five-game losing skid and are trying to avoid their first six-game skid since Oct. 27-Nov. 5 of the 2015-16 season … THAT: The Islanders are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes, they are a perfect 6-0-0 in games following a regulation loss so far this season … THE OTHER: The Flyers have recalled D Samuel Morin and F Danick Martel… Both would make their season debut, but should Martel be in the lineup, he will also make his NHL debut, making him the fourth Flyer to make their NHL debut this season (O'Neill, Patrick & Sanheim).
4. THE PAIRS PICKED IN 2015
Tonight's game will feature two pairs of first round picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from each team… For the Islanders, forward Mathew Barzal was selected 16th overall and appeared in two games last season, but is in his first full season this year, ranking fourth on the team with 19 points… Anthony Beauvillier was selected 28th overall and enters his second season… He has four points this season (2g-2a) and posted 24 points (9g-15a) as a rookie last year… The Flyers selected Ivan Provorov 7th overall in 2015 and he completed his first full season with the team last year, recording 30 points (6g-24a) appearing in all 82 games and winning the Barry Ashbee Trophy as Flyers best defenseman… Travis Konecny was selected 24th overall and is also in his second full season after recording 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points last year.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)
The second-year defenseman has goals in two straight games and has four goals and 11 points in 21 games so far this season… Provorov also averages nearly 25 minutes of ice time per-game (24:58) which is nearly three minutes more than his average from last season (21:59)… Since he began his career on opening night last year, Provorov has not missed an NHL game, appearing in 103 consecutive games on the Flyers blueline.
ISLANDERS (C: #13 - Mathew Barzal)
He has 19 points (4g-15a) in 20 games which is tied for second among all rookies, while his 15 assists leads all rookies… He also has points in three straight games with a goal and four assists for five points… He also has points in nine of his last 11 games, which included a five assist game on Nov. 5 vs. Colorado that set a franchise rookie record for most assists and tied a franchise mark for most points in a game by a rookie.