Season Series: 2-0-0
All-Time Record: 259 gp (135-89-26-10)
PHI: 45pts, Voracek (14g-31a)
NYI: 43pts, Tavares (20g-23a)
Power Play: (PHI: 39-for-186, 21.0%, 11th) (NYI: 23-for-149, 15.4%, 26th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 134-of-165, 81.2%, 18th) (NYI: 120-for-148, 81.1%, 19th)
1. THIS ONE'S BIG
Tonight's game marks a crucial game in the standings for both teams… The Flyers sit in the final wild card position in the East at 59 points playing their 55th game, while the Islanders are directly behind them with 56 points with three games in hand playing their 52nd game… The Isles have 22 regulation/overtime wins, compared to the Flyers 21… The Flyers are coming off two consecutive losses, but still own a 16-8-4 record at home, while the Islanders have the NHL's second worst road record at 6-10-4.
2. SERIES SHIFTS
This is the third of four meetings against the Islanders, but first of the final two in Philadelphia as the previous two took place in Brooklyn… The Flyers won both games, both by a 3-2 score and both were decided past regulation play with the Flyers earning a shootout and overtime win… Michal Neuvirth won the first game and Steve Mason took home the victory in the most recent meeting, while captain Claude Giroux won both games, scoring the shootout winner in the first game and the OT winner in the most recent.
3. TURNING THE SHIP AROUND
The Islanders are coming off a comeback, 6-5, OT win over Toronto, and despite dropping two of their last three games, are one of the hottest teams in the entire NHL in the last month, going 8-2-2 since Jan. 13, which is tied for third among all teams… They have also had no problem scoring, recording and average of 3.83 goals per-game and their 46 goals ranks third in the NHL in that stretch… The Islanders were in last place (15th) with 38 points in the Eastern Conference on Jan. 12, and now sit in 10th place with 56 points.
4. TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER
Wayne Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals (21), while Brayden Schenn leads the team in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (4)… Schenn's 12 power-play goals also lead the entire NHL… Rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov leads the Flyers in average time-on-ice at 21:31 per-game, which also ranks second among all rookie defensemen this season… The Islanders are led by captain John Tavares, who has 43 points in 51 games, while also leading all NHL players in goals (9) since Jan. 13 and second in points (16)… Josh Bailey leads the Islanders with 27 assists, while defenseman Dennis Seidenberg leads the team with a plus-minus rating of +21.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Look for the Flyers captain to get on the board tonight - Giroux holds more points (42) against the Islanders than any other team in his NHL career and they are one of three Eastern Conference teams that he averages over a point per-game in his career with 42 points (15g-27a) in 39 games (Detroit & Washington)… The Flyers own a 7-2-1 record and have won six straight games when Giroux scores a goal.
ISLANDERS (C: #27 - Anders Lee)
Lee has posted three consecutive two-point games with a goal and five assists in that span, while also recording points in eight of his last 10 games for 13 points (4g-9a)… In his third full season with the Isles since being drafted 152nd overall in 2009, Lee is second on the team with 18 goals and third with 31 points… Against the Flyers, Lee has five points (3g-2a) in 10 career games, but went scoreless in both meetings this season.
TODAY AT 50
On February 9, 1995… One of the most important trades made in Philadelphia Flyers franchise history took place… The Flyers parted with star forward Mark Recchi in order to acquire defenseman Eric Desjardins, John LeClair, who was then a third-line center in Montreal, and winger Gilbert Dionne from the Montreal Canadiens… The Flyers also sent a 1995 third-round pick (Martin Hohenberger) to the Habs in the deal… The moves were the capstone of a quick and dramatic turnaround marked by reshaping of the entire Flyers' blueline and the surprise emergence of LeClair as an NHL superstar after being a role player in Montreal.