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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

24-16-6 (54 points – 2nd in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
14-5-3 road
Philadelphia Flyers
21-22-3 (45 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
14-7-2 home
7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
Television: MSG+2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (2-1-0)
After losing the first matchup with the Flyers, the Islanders have rebounded to win the last two. On April 9, New York fell behind 1-0 early, but rattled off four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Casey Cizikas scored the goals, while Colin McDonald and Brad Boyes each had multiple-assist outings. Evgeni Nabokov made 26-of-27 saves to earn the win.

Flyers player to watch
Claude Giroux - Right Wing

Claude Giroux has turned it on during the second half to lead the Flyers in scoring with 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists). The sixth-year pro has five goals and 16 assists over his last 17 games, and ranks fourth in the league in helpers this season. Giroux has found the score sheet in all three games against the Islanders so far in 2012-13.

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders have earned a point in each game during April (8-0-3) and in 14 of their last 15 overall (11-1-3).
The Islanders have out-shot their opponents in 10 straight games, and have only been out-shot once in their last 16 games.
•Andrew MacDonald ranks third in the league with 119 blocked shots.
•Matt Martin leads the NHL with 223 hits.
The Islanders clinched a playoff berth Tuesday. They can finish anywhere between 5th and 8th in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Matchup
20.5% (31/151)
80.2% (109/136)
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

21.7% (36/166)
85.4% (152/178)
New York Islanders previous game 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
6 Jesse Joensuu - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Philadelphia Flyers previous game lines
12 Simon Gagne - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
24 Matt Read - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne simmonds
19 Scott Hartnell - 14 Sean Couturier - 48 Danny Briere
37 Jay Rosehill - 18 Adam Hall - 26 Ruslan Fedotenko

6 Andreas Lilja - 29 Erik Gustafsson
22 Luke Schenn - 38 Oliver Lauridsen
3 Kurtis Foster - 32 Brandon Manning

35 Steve Mason
30 Ilya Bryzgalov

Quote of the Day

"It’s been fun. Winning is fun. When you get that feeling and start believing, seeing the standings, it’s certainly an exciting thing. We’ve found a way up to this point, to seal up those third periods when we have the lead, and when we’re behind, to get back. It’s just a belief that we’re going to get the job done."

Left wing Josh Bailey,
on the team's success in April

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