NEW YORK ISLANDERS (12-7-2) AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (8-9-5)
4 P.M. WELLS FARGO CENTER
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Two nights after a 4-3 win in overtime, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers meet again in a Black Friday matinee at Wells Fargo Center.
The Isles win on Wednesday was their fourth victory in five games and improved them to 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Islanders have been stellar at home, going 7-0-2 at Barclays Center - the last team to remain undefeated in regulation on home ice.
The home-and-home set shifts to Philadelphia on Frida. The Islanders are 6-7-0 in their last 13 visits to the City of Brotherly Love.
Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders on Friday while the Islanders ice the same lineup from Wednesday's win. That also means that Jaroslav Halak is the likely starter in Ottawa on Saturday, a Weight tends to split his goalies on back to backs.
ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINES:
|LEFT WING ||CENTER ||RIGHT WING |
|ANDERS LEE ||JOHN TAVARES ||JOSH BAILEY |
|ANDREW LADD ||MATHEW BARZAL ||JORDAN EBERLE |
|BROCK NELSON ||ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER ||JOSH HO-SANG |
|JASON CHIMERA ||CASEY CIZIKAS ||CAL CLUTTERBUCK |
|NICK LEDDY ||JOHNNY BOYCHUK |
|CALVIN DE HAAN ||ADAM PELECH |
|SCOTT MAYFIELD ||DENNIS SEIDENBERG |
Video: PHI@NYI: Bailey buries own rebound to win it in OT
BAILEY HEATING UP:
Josh Bailey's OT winner capped a three-point night for the Islanders leading scorer. Bailey leads the Islanders with 26 points (5G, 21A) in 22 games this season and is on pace for his first season averaging a point-per-game.
Bailey's three-point night against Philadelphia was his fourth, three-point game this season.
"I think he's worked. I think he's learned from not only last year-he took a big jump-but his first seven or eight years," Weight said of Bailey. "I think he's been a really good pro, and now he's turned into an upper echelon hockey player in front of our eyes."
Since going 2-for-33 on the power play in their first 10 games, the Islanders have gone 14-for-41 over the past 11 games - ranking second in the NHL over that span. The Islanders have scored a power-play goal in four straight games and are 8-2-0 when they score at least one with the man advantage.
Video: PHI@NYI: Boychuk rips bar-down one-timer for PPG
"We went back to the basics as far as our breakouts, as far as our speed and work ethic versus the PK," Weight said of the turnaround. "I think we've gotten back to that mindset, we got some swagger. We can be pretty dynamic with ten to twelve players waiting to be put on the ice."
The Islanders power play is tied for 12th in the NHL at 21.6%.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Nick Leddy has 16 points (5G, 11A) in his last 12 game and is now third in scoring among NHL defensemen.
Josh Bailey (tied-8th) and John Tavares (tied-12th) are both in the top-15 in league scoring.
Power play: (Islanders 21.6% - T-11th), Flyers (19.2% - 17th)
Penalty kill: (Islanders 79.4% - 17th), Flyers (75% - 28th)
The Flyers are winless in their last six games (3-0-3), falling to eighth in the Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders can't take the Flyers lightly given how tight the Metropolitan Division is, as four points separate the third-place Isles from Flyers.
Jakub Voracek added to his team-leading point total with a goal on Wednesday and the Flyers leading scorer now has points in four straight games. Voracek is seventh in the NHL with 27 points (7G, 20A) this season.
Brian Elliott made 35 saves in Wednesday's loss and is 6-5-4 on the season.
Danick Martel made his NHL debut against the Islanders in Brooklyn, as the Flyers recalled he and Sam Morin ahead of the game.