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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. New York Islanders

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers are 1-0-0 on their four-game homestand to finish off the season after a 4-1 win over the Penguins on Sunday - they have also earned points in six straight games, going 3-0-3… The Flyers own a 22-9-7 record at home, one of five NHL teams to have fewer than 10 regulation losses on home ice, and are 7-1-4 in their last 12 games at the Wells Fargo Center… The Islanders come into tonight looking to grab one point in the standings, which will secure their playoff berth… They have dropped eight of their last 11 games, going 3-6-2, and are in a battle for playoff positioning, currently holding the 3rd spot in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Capitals for home-ice advantage, with one game in hand… The Isles have a 20-5-2 record against the Metro, while the Flyers own an 11-12-5 mark in their division.

The Flyers have scored at least one goal on the power-play in six straight games, going 8-for-20 at 40%, including going 3-for-4 against the Penguins on Sunday… The Flyers own the NHL’s third best man-advantage at 23.7%, and the NHL’s No. 1 power-play at home at 28.8%… Claude Giroux leads the NHL in points on the power-play (36), which is also over half of his total point output for the season (70), while Jakub Voracek is third overall in the NHL with 32 power-play points… The Islanders are ranked 25th in the NHL on the penalty kill, but have not acted like it lately - they have allowed just one goal on the penalty kill in their last 15 games, killing off 33 of 34 opportunities dating back to Mar. 1… The Islanders rank 5th in the NHL with the least amount of penalty minutes per game at 8.5.

The Flyers are winless in three meetings against the Islanders, going 0-1-2 and dropping two games in a shootout… The Flyers are looking to avoid a season sweep by the Isles for the first time in franchise history since the Isles joined the league in 1972-73… This is the 125th all-time meeting at home against the Islanders, with the Flyers owning a 75-33-11-5 record… The Flyers have lost four straight to the Islanders, going 0-3-1, but own an impressive 33-5-4 record against the Isles in 41 meetings since 2007-08… Steve Mason has two losses against the Islanders this season, but has a 0.92 goals-against average and .974 save percentage in those two games… Chris VandeVelde leads the Flyers in the season series with two goals and a plus-2 rating in two games, while Nikolay Kulemin leads the Islanders with two goals and three points in three games against the Flyers.

Schenn has the hot hand for the Flyers as of late, averaging two points per game in his last three contests, recording three goals and three assists in that stretch, and was awarded the NHL’s 2nd Star of the Week… Schenn has surpassed his career-high in assists (28) and points (45) set just last year… He also ranks second on the Flyers with five game-winning goals, which is one shy of his career high (6) set last year…  Fourteen of his 57 goals scored as a Flyer (24.5%) have been game-winning goals… Against the Islanders, Schenn has two assists in the three games season series thus far, and seven points overall (2g-5a) in 16 career games. The Islanders captain is tied for second in the NHL’s scoring race with 80 points, one point behind Crosby and one point ahead of Jakub Voracek (79)… Lately, Tavares has a three-game point streak, recording five assists and six points in that span… Tavares has already set a new career high in goals (35) and is one point shy of matching his career best in points (81: 2011-12)… Of his 35 goals, 20 have been scored in 42 games since the New Year began, as well as 48 of his 80 points… Tavares has one goal and one assist in the three games against the Flyers this season, while recording 13 goals and 23 points in 29 career games against Philadelphia.
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