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Game Preview: Islanders at Flyers

The Islanders look to extend their point streak to 14 games when they visit Philly (7 p.m., MSG+2)

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The Islanders look to extend their point streak to 14 games when they begin a two-game road trip against their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. 

The Islanders 13-3-1 are riding a 13-game point streak after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night at NYCB Live. The 13-game point streak is the longest since the Islanders 15-game winning streak in the 1981-82 season.


-   Anthony Beauvillier scored twice against the Maple Leafs and the Islanders got goals from Mathew Barzal, Derick Brassard (power play) and Casey Cizikas scored. Semyon Varlamov made 23 saves. 

-   Brassard scored his sixth goal of the season (11 points) and first power-play goal through 17 games played this season. Brassard registered his first three-point game (1G, 2A) as an Islander, earning a point in each period. 

-   Beauvillier scored his third and fourth goals of the season. Beauvillier has 10 points through 17 games played. Beauvillier notched his first goal on the power play. 

-   Barzal scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Wednesday. Barzal leads the Isles in goals and in points (16). Barzal is ranked third across the league for his plus-13 rating. Barzal has goals in back-to-back contests and has five points in his last three games. 

-   Cizikas' empty net goal wound up being the game-winning-goal against the Leafs. Cizikas's goal was his third of the season. Through 12 games this season, Cizikas has six points. Cizikas has five points through his last four games. 

-   Varlamov recorded his sixth win of the season to improve his record to 6-2-1. Varlamov has a save percentage of .917 and a goals against average of 2.56. 

-   Leo Komarov returned to the lineup for the first time in nine games after tending to illness and a neck injury. Komarov 10:50 time on ice, including 1:08 time on the PK, had three hits and one block. 

-   Thomas Greiss has split the pipes with Varlamov this season. Greiss leads the NHL with his goals against average of 1.88 and his save percentage .942. Greiss has a record of 7-1-0 and has won six straight games.

-   The Isles power play went 2-for-3 against the Maple Leafs and is ranked 10th in the NHL with a conversion of 22.6%. The Isles have had the fewest power play opportunities in the NHL at 31. 

-   The Isles penalty kill went 2-for-2 against Toronto and is ranked sixth in the NHL at 85.7%. 

-   The Isles are won both games in Philadelphia last season and are 6-4-0 in their last ten trips to Philly.

-   Matt Martin joined the Isles for practice for the first time since Oct. 25 sporting a non-contact sweater on Friday morning. Martin was put on IR, retroactive Oct. 25, after suffering a lower-body injury against Ottawa.

-   The Isles have allowed a league-low 39 goals against this season and are averaging 2.29 per game. 

Video: Islanders top Flyers for seventh straight win

(NYI leads season series 1-0-0)

The Isles last played Philadelphia on Oct. 27 at NYCB Live where the Isles held off the Flyers to preserve their 5-3 victory. Anders Lee, Derick Brassard, Ross Johnston, Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal scored for the Isles. Johnston and Pulock scored their first goals of the season. Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves. 

Last season, the Islanders and Flyers split their season series 2-2-0, with the road team winning all four games.

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-   The Flyers (10-6-3) enter Saturday's game on the second-half of their fifth back-to-back set of the season and are coming off of a 2-1 loss to Ottawa. Ottawa also halted Philadelphia's five-game point streak.

-   Tyler Pitlick scored Philadelphia's sole goal in the first period. Ottawa scored two second period goals to claim the 'W'. Carter Hart made 17 saves. 

-   Hart has a record of 6-4-2, a goals against average of 2.50 and a save percentage of .903 through 13 games this season. 

-   Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in points (19) and is tied with Oskar Lindblom for the lead in goals (8). Konecny also leads the Flyers in assists with 11 through 19 games this season. 

-   The Flyers power play went 0-for-5 against Ottawa. Philadelphia's power play is ranked 16th in the NHL at 20.3%. 

-   The PK went 2-for-3 against Ottawa. In the NHL, the Flyers PK is ranked seventh at 85.2%. 

-   The Flyers will play a league-high of 17 (tied with Pittsburgh) back-to-back sets this season. 

-   Nolan Patrick has yet to suit up for the Flyers this season as he is still tending to migraine disorder. 

-   Scott Laughton is out with an upper-body injury and last played on Oct. 26. Laughton has three assists through nine games this season. 

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