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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

15-15-3 (33 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference)
9-4-1 road
Philadelphia Flyers
13-17-2 (28 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
9-5-1 home
7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (0-1-0)
In their only matchup so far in 2012-13, the Flyers handed the Islanders their worst loss of the season, a 7-0 drubbing on Feb. 18 at Nassau Coliseum. The home team took 19 shots on goal in one of the only two times the Islanders have been blanked this season. But Philadelphia has struggled of late, winning in regulation just once in their last nine contests. Starting Thursday, the Islanders will play the 14th place Flyers three times over the next 30 days.

Flyers player to watch
Jakub Voracek - Right Wing

The 23-year-old Jakub Voracek is having a breakout season, leading the Flyers with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) through 32 games. In the first meeting between the two teams, Voracek tallied four assists, and followed that performance two days later with a hat trick at Pittsburgh. The seventh overall pick by Columbus in 2007 is tied with four other players, including John Tavares, for second in the league with eight power play goals.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders enter Thursday looking for their first three-game winning streak of the season. New York has seven two-game win streaks in 2012-13.
•The Islanders have 19 points in their first 14 road games, matching their second-highest total in franchise history.
•The Islanders are 11-3-1 in games in which they score a power play goal.
The Islanders have scored 61 goals in their 15 wins (4.07 per game), and 33 in their other 18 games (1.83 per game).
The Matchup
22.2% (26/117)
81.1% (86/106)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

23.0% (29/126)
83.7% (108/129)
New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 16 Marty Reasoner – 53 Casey Cizikas

3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Philadelphia Flyers projected lines
15 Tye McGinn - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
19 Scott Hartnell - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne Simmonds
12 Simon Gagne - 25 Maxime Talbot - 24 Matt Read
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 14 Sean Couturier - 36 Zac Rinaldo

5 Braydon Coburn - 27 Bruno Gervais
22 Luke Schenn - 44 Kimmo Timonen
3 Kurtis Foster - 41 Andrej Maszaros

30 Ilya Bryzgalov
49 Michael Leighton

Quote of the Day

"That should be a fun one. Those games should be easy for us to get up for – a rival on the road. It’s a tough environment to play in. They’re physical, chippy games. They’ve had an up and down season, so it’s a big game for both of us.  We need to be ready right from the get go."

Center John Tavares,
on Thursday's game at Philadelphia

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