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New York goes for home-and-home sweep; Philadelphia tries to end six-game losing streak

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

ISLANDERS (12-7-2) at FLYERS (8-9-5)

4 p.m. ET; SN, NBCSP, MSG+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to end a six-game losing streak when they face the New York Islanders on Friday at Wells Fargo Center in the second half of a home-and-home series.

The Islanders won 4-3 at Barclays Center on Wednesday when Josh Bailey scored 32 seconds into overtime. The rematch will be the third game in four days for the Flyers, who lost 5-2 at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday and are 0-3-3 in their past six games.

The Islanders have scored 22 goals while going 4-1-0 in their past five games. Bailey has taken over the team lead with 26 points (five goals, 21 assists).

 

Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. He's tied for second in scoring among rookies with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists).

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. He scored the tying goal in the third period to force overtime on Wednesday and has at least a point in 14 of the Flyers' 22 games.

 

They said it

"Guys are just finding chemistry with our lines. It's pretty rounded scoring. You're seeing everybody kind of get on the board, a lot of different guys scoring. That always helps. " -- Islanders center Mathew Barzal

 

"The individual skill in this League is through the roof. Guys are going to make plays, especially when they're up a man. I think I said it last game: the best form of penalty kill is to not be in the box at all. " -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Adam Pelech -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Alan Quine, Thomas Hickey, Ryan Pulock

Injured: Nikolay Kulemin (upper body), Shane Prince (ankle)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Danick Martel -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Jordan Weal

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Brandon Manning -- Travis Sanheim

Samuel Morin -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Jori Lehtera, Dale Weise

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas

 

Status report

MacDonald skated earlier in the week. The Flyers didn't practice Thursday. … Weal, who has one goal in 18 games, was dropped to the fourth line Wednesday. ... The Islanders will use the same lineup that dressed Wednesday.

 

Stat pack

The Islanders have scored power-play goals in four straight games. New York is 7-0-2 at home but 5-7-0 on the road. … The Flyers have allowed seven power-play goals in 13 chances during the past three games.

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