Philadelphia Flyers (8-9-5: 21pts) vs. New York Islanders (12-7-2: 26pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 4:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-0-1
All-Time Record: 263gp (136-90-37)
PHI: 27-PTS, Voracek (7g-20a)
NYI: 26-PTS, Bailey (5g-21a)
1. ITS KIND OF A TRADITION
The Flyers play their annual Black Friday game at the Wells Fargo Center for an 11th straight season… Last year, the Flyers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Rangers, but the loss was a rare one in the annual game - the Flyers have an overall record of 22-6-4… They mostly been close games as well with seven of the last 10 Black Friday games being decided by one goal and four of those decided past regulation.
2. WE MEET AGAIN
The Flyers take on the Islanders for the second of their home-and-home series over the Thanksgiving holiday… The Islanders earned a 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday scoring three of the final four goals in the game… This is the 24th time in history that the Flyers and Islanders have played a home-and-home series with the last time coming in the 2013-14 season when the two teams split wins… Only twice in franchise history have the Flyers dropped both games (1981-82 & 1978-79)… The Flyers have just one regulation loss to the Islanders on home ice in the last five seasons, posting a 6-1-3 record since the 2012-13 season.
3. TIRED TIMES
For the Flyers, they will be playing their third game in less than a four-day span due to the 4 p.m. start time… This is the third time where the Flyers have played a three-in-four schedule with the team winning the third game on the two previous occasions… The Flyers enter today's game on a six-game losing skid, but have earned a point in the standings in three of the last four games.
4. ISLAND OF DREAMS
The Islanders play their fifth road game in their last seven overall contests… They have won four of their last five games, averaging 4.4 goals per-game in that span… The Islanders now rank second overall in the NHL for the most goals-per-game, averaging 3.62, but at the same time, rank in the Top 10 (8th) for the most goals-allowed per-game (3.24)… The Islanders have also been red-hot on the power play, recording at least one goal on the man advantage in their last four games, operating at 29.4 percent, going 5-for-17.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)
Voracek scored against the Islanders in Tuesday's game to give him goals in two straight games and extend his point streak to four games where he has recorded six points (3g-3a)… Voracek's 27 points leads the Flyers and ranks seventh in the NHL, while his 20 assists are tied for fourth in the league… Since the 2012-13 season, Voracek averages nearly a point per-game with 21 points (4g-17a) in 22 games against the Islanders.
ISLANDERS (C: #91 - John Tavares)
The Islanders captain recorded two assists, including the game-winning primary assist in overtime on Tuesday night against the Flyers… He has points in three straight games and four of his last five contests, where he has three goals and four assists for seven points… Tavares has 31 points (15g-16a) in 39 career games against the Flyers, but only has one point in his last four games at the Wells Fargo Center.