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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Islanders (19-16-3) vs. Philadelphia (10-24-4)

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN  NY 2 | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) The Islanders will try to stop their three-game losing streak as they return home to play their division rival, the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are 4-1-0 in the past five games at the Nassau Coliseum, including three consecutive shutouts during that span.

Despite dropping their last three games, the Islanders are right in the playoff mix, tied for ninth with the Boston and only one point out of seventh place, occupied by the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Blake tallied his 22nd goal of the season on New Year's Day in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo. Blake is tied for sixth in the NHL, and only three behind the leaders, Alexander Ovechkin from Washington and Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay.

Tonight will be the first time the Islanders play Philadelphia since trading for Freddy Meyer and Randy Robitaille. Meyer played in 83 games for the Flyers in three seasons, recording eight goals and 24 assists. Robitaille dressed for 28 games this season for the Flyers, compiling five goals and 12 assists.

The Flyers come into tonight's game having won their last two games, after sustaining a ten-game losing streak, including one overtime loss.

Against Carolina, on Sunday, Peter Forsberg assisted on three goals, while Kyle Calder scored the game-winner 6:23 into the third period to defeat the Hurricanes 5-2. Robert Esche made 40 saves to earn the victory. The Flyers managed only 19 shots on goal. Esche was also in goal against Tampa Bay on Thursday, stopping 42 of 45 shots for the win.

In the past two games, the Peter Forsberg-Simon Gagne-Mike Knuble line is looking as strong as ever, combining for four goals and seven assists in their two most recent wins.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130, while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY 2.

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- 41 points, 3rd place, Atlantic Division
Philadelphia - 24 points, 5th place, Atlantic Division

Jason Blake, 22 goals, 39 points; Alexei Yashin, 22 assists; Brendan Witt, 76 PIM
Philadelphia Simon Gagne, 20 goals, 31 points; Joni Pitkanen, 19 assists; Ben Eager, 95 PIM

- Power play: 16.1 percent. Penalty killing: 79.9 percent
Philadelphia - Power play: 14.4 percent. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent

Rick DiPietro (16-13-1, 2.58 GAA, .919 SV%); Mike Dunham (3-3-2, 2.83, .916)
Philadelphia Antero Niittymaki (6-20-4, 3.28, .895); Robert Esche (4-4-0, 4.73, .862); Scott Munroe (0-0-0, 0.00, .000)

November 30, 2006 at the Nassau Coliseum: 3-2 loss

11-7-2 at home
Philadelphia 7-13-0 on the road

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli
32 Brendan Witt
38 Allan Rourke 

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
27 Randy Robitaille
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan


40 Robert Esche
67 Scott Munroe

2   Derian Hatcher 
6   Randy Jones
44 Joni Pitkanen
45 Alexandre Picard
54 David Printz
77 Alexei Zhitnik

9    Stefan Ruzicka
11 Ryan Potulny
12 Simon Gagne
17 Jeff Carter 
19 Kyle Calder
20 R.J. Umberger
21 Peter Forsberg 
22 Mike Knuble
24 Sami Kapanen
28 Boyd Kane
29 Todd Fedoruk
40 Eric Meloche
55 Ben Eager
61 Mike York
93 Petr Nedved


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