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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Flyers

The Islanders look for a fourth-straight win when they take on the Flyers (6 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders
New York Islanders (19-17-8) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (22-19-6)
6 p.m., Barclays Center - Buy Tickets
TV: MSG+
Radio: AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

The New York Islanders are picking up steam, having won three straight games and four of their last five as they look to get back into the playoff picture. As of Sunday morning, the Islanders are five points back of the second Wild Card spot (occupied by the Toronto Maple Leafs) in the Eastern Conference. 

That makes Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers a key game, as the Islanders look to make up ground on one of the teams they're looking to leapfrog to make a run. The Islanders are four points back of the Flyers with three games in hand and hold games in hand on seven of the eight teams directly in front of them. 

Thomas Greiss Starts: 

Thomas Greiss will start in goal for the Islanders on Sunday. The Islanders goalie is coming off consecutive shutouts and is looking for his third straight clean sheet. JF Berube picked up his first win of the season on Saturday night against LA. 

Clutterbuck, Boychuk Likely To Return:

Interim coach Doug Weight said Cal Clutterbuck and Johnny Boychuk could be back in the lineup on Sunday. Weight said there's a "real good chance" Clutterbuck would play and a "pretty good chance" for Boychuk. Clutterbuck has missed three straight games with a lower-body injury, while Boychuk has missed the last two with an upper-body injury. 

Andrew Ladd could return on Tuesday if he continues to progress, according to Weight. 

Video: LAK@NYI: Lee tips in PPG for second of the game

Anders Lee Streaking: 

Anders Lee scored a pair of goals on Saturday night, extending his point streak to four games (3G, 3A). Lee now has 17 goals on the season, second to only John Tavares, and has already topped his total from last season. 

Flyers Faltering: 

The Flyers have lost three straight games and five of their last six, falling out of the Eastern Conference Wild Card. The Flyers lost 4-1 in New Jersey on Saturday night - their first game out of their CBA-mandated five-day break - so neither team will be rested for Sunday and neither team had taxing travel. 

Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers with 41 points (13G, 28A) in 47 games, while Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds are second and third, respectively. Voracek, Giroux and Simmonds constitute the Flyers' big three though Philadelphia is getting contributions from rookies Travis Konecny (22 points) and Ivan Provorov (21 points). 

Michal Neuvirth started for the Flyers on Saturday, so it's likely that Steve Mason will be between the pipes on Sunday.

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