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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

19-16-4 (42 points – 3rd in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
8-11-2 home
Philadelphia Flyers
17-18-3 (37 points - 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
5-13-1 away
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders have split the season series against the Flyers, with the road team earning the win in both occasions. On March 28 at Philadelphia, the Islanders fell behind 2-0 but rallied thanks to Colin McDonald's first career two-goal game and a tally from John Tavares. The Flyers scored in the final minute to force overtime, but Brad Boyes and Josh Bailey scored in the shootout, and Evgeni Nabokov turned aside three-of-four attempts at the other end to secure the extra standings point. The teams will meet once more on April 25 at Philadelphia.

Flyers player to watch
Wayne Simmonds - Right Wing

Wayne Simmonds has proven to be a pest against the Islanders this season, registering three assists in two games, including one on the tying goal near the end of regulation on March 28. The Scarborough, ON native netted three-game winning goals in four games from Feb. 23-Mar. 5. A year removed from a career-year in terms of goals (28) and points (49), the 24-year-old ranks second on the Flyers in goals (12), third in points (25) and second in penalty minutes (72).

Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders are 6-1-1 in their last eight games, having allowed two goals or less in seven of the eight.
•The Islanders have won three straight at home dating back to March 24 vs. Florida by a combined score of 12-4.
•Since making his NHL debut April 1, newcomer Anders Lee has one goal and one assist in his two NHL games.
•The Islanders are one of four teams (Ottawa, Minnesota, Los Angeles) yet to allow a shorthanded goal.

The Matchup
21.2% (28/132)
81.2% (95/117)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

23.2% (33/142)
84.7% (127/150)
New York Islanders previous game lines
40 Michael Grabner - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
27 Anders Lee - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
6 Jesse Joensuu - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald

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 previous game lines
93 Jakub Voracek - 28 Claude Giroux - 24 Matt Read
19 Scott Hartnell - 10 Brayden Schenn - 17 Wayne Simmonds
26 Ruslan Fedotenko - 9 Mike Knuble - 12 Simon Gagne
37 Jay Rosehill - 14 Sean Couturier - 18 Adam Hall

27 Bruno Gervais - 44 Kimmo Timonen
23 Kent Huskins - 29 Erik Gustafsson
22 Luke Schenn - 38 Oliver Lauridsen

30 Ilya Bryzgalov
35 Steve Mason

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