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Islanders look to bounce back against Flyers @NHL

FLYERS (18-21-7) at ISLANDERS (30-14-1)


Season series: The New York Islanders overcame a brilliant performance by Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason in a 1-0 shootout win at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 24. Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored in the shootout for the Islanders after Mason made 46 saves through overtime. Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for a shutout.

Flyers team scope: Philadelphia will be seeking its second straight victory after a 4-3 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Rob Zepp made his fourth consecutive start and earned his third win of the season in a 24-save performance and R.J. Umberger's goal early in the second period ended the Flyers' scoreless streak at 168 minutes and 50 seconds. "There was a lot of talk before the game that we needed to step up and play better as a team and have more fun," Umberger said, according to "We had a lot of different guys talking this game, in between periods, on the bench. It was probably the most life I've seen from our team in the last few weeks."

Islanders team scope: After an emotional come-from-behind win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, the Islanders fell short in a 6-4 loss at the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. "We shot ourselves in the foot all night. We were just chasing," right wing Cal Clutterbuck said, according to Newsday. "It was a back-to-back for us, but when you give up the lead that early, you're just chasing, and it wears on you." Halak was pulled by coach Jack Capuano after allowing six goals on 33 shots. With Halak scheduled to participate in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game festivities later this week, it's likely Chad Johnson will start against the Flyers.

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