This is the second of five meetings between the Flyers and Islanders and first of two on home ice - the Flyers dropped the first meeting on Nov. 25, 3-1, when they surrendered three unanswered goals after getting out to an early 1-0 lead in Brooklyn… The Flyers come into tonight looking to rebound after a 4-1 loss at home to the Blue Jackets, which snapped a four-game win streak… The Flyers are 5—4-1 in games after suffering a regulation loss… The Islanders come in having earned points in the standings in seven straight games, going 5-0-2, a streak which started after defeating the Flyers on Nov. 25… Each of the Islanders last three games have been decided past regulation play, as well as four of their last six games… The Islanders are unbeaten in regulation when playing in their own division, going 4–0-2 against the Metropolitan.
The Flyers have killed off 26 of their last 28 shorthanded situations (92.9 percent), but have allowed a goal on the man advantage in each of their last two games after going perfect for the previous seven games… The Islanders have gone perfect on the penalty kill in their last six games (16-for-16) and have killed off 20-straight penalties over their last seven contests with their last power-play goal allowed coming against the Flyers on Nov. 25… The Flyers have scored six power play goals in their last seven games, operating at 27.2 percent (6-for-22)… The Islanders come into tonight having scored a power-play goal in four of their last five games, operating at 45.4 percent (5-for-11).
Brayden Schenn has four of his six goals and eight of his 11 points playing at home… Mikhail Grabovski has two goals and three points in his last four games… The Flyers have eight of their 11 victories when they have scored the first goal, going 8-3-1, and have the exact same record when they have outshot their opponent… The Islanders are sixth in the NHL in lowest goal-against per-game at 2.32… The Flyers have scored the least amount of goals in the third period (16), while the Islanders are ranked second in the NHL for most goals scored in the third period (36)… The Islanders have played eight games past regulation, going 3-5, with four games each being decided in a shootout and overtime… The Flyers are tied for the NHL lead with the most games going past regulation with 11, going 6-5, and nine of the 11 have been decided in overtime (5-4).
Shayne Gostisbehere leads all NHL defensemen in goals per 60 minutes (1.19) and ranks third among all NHL defensemen in points per 60 minutes (2.38)… He has points in three straight games (1g-2a) and has recorded a point in six of his last seven games, and eight of his 11 games in total this season… His eight points are fourth among all rookie defensemen with almost half the games played (11), while leading all rookie d-men in both power-play goals (3) and power-play points (5)… In his first game against the Islanders, back on Nov. 25, he scored the Flyers only goal, on the power play three minutes into the contest.
The Islanders captain leads the team in goals (12), game-winning goals (4), points (22) and power-play points (7) in 25 games… The Islanders own an 8-1-1 record when he scores a goal and an 11-3-1 mark when he records a point… Against the Flyers, Tavares has recorded a point in two straight games and three of his last four meetings against the Flyers with six points (2g-4a) in those four games… Overall, he has 14 goals and 27 points in 31 career games.