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Ex-Islander Streit faces old teammates with Flyers

by Sean McCullen /

FLYERS (2-7-0) at ISLANDERS (4-3-3)


Season series: This is the first of four games between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders. They next play Nov. 23 in Philadelphia. The teams split four meetings during the 2012-13 season.

Big story: Defenseman Mark Streit will play his first game against the Islanders since New York traded him to the Flyers in June for minor-league forward Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Streit was the Islanders' captain for the past two seasons.

"It's exciting to go back, but it's all about the two points," Streit said of his return to Long Island. "I spent five years there, and obviously you know all the guys, and being there for so long, you know, you're just used to the rink and everything, the people. I think tomorrow, you know, I just want to concentrate on the game and play a really solid game."

Coach Craig Berube promoted Streit to the top power-play unit this week. Streit has two points (no goals) in nine games.

Team Scope:

Flyers: Philadelphia will play its second game against a Metropolitan Division rival from New York in three days. They beat the New York Rangers 2-1 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Braydon Coburn scored the game-winning goal against the Rangers on a shot from the point. He received a little help from forward Wayne Simmonds, who screened goalie Cam Talbot.

Firing pucks on net with traffic in front is something the Flyers view as a key to getting their struggling offense going.

"We want to try to put as many pucks as we can at the net," Coburn said. "We've got guys like Wayne screening the goalie and causing havoc in there, so you know as long as you can get the pucks through, things can happen."

The Flyers have not scored more than two goals in any of their nine games this season.

Islanders: New York returns to Nassau Coliseum after winning 4-3 in come-from-behind fashion on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Josh Bailey scored the game-winner with 1:40 left in the third period.

"We hung around, and after two (trailing 2-1) we talked about it: We're right there," coach Jack Capuano said. "We're fortunate to get a good bounce and tie it up, get the lead back, and we continued to work hard.

"We can play better and be more disciplined, but to come in this building and play the way we played, it wasn't bad."

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Islanders.

Who's hot: Goalie Steve Mason's 2-5-0 record is not indicative of how well he's played. Mason has a 2.17 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in seven starts after allowing just one goal on 31 shots against the Rangers. … John Tavares has points in nine straight games for New York. Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen have scored goals in two straight. Each has six goals; Moulson leads the League with five on the power play.

Injury report: Scott Hartnell (upper body) could return to the lineup for Philadelphia. He hasn't played since being injured against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 11. Vincent Lecavalier, who also was injured Oct. 11, returned Thursday against the Rangers. … Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) is out for the Islanders. Defenseman Brian Strait (upper body) sat out the game in Pittsburgh. Michael Grabner will return following his two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe.

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