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Preview: Islanders at Flyers

Shayne Gostisbehere in lineup for Philadelphia; New York seeks eighth win in 11 games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

ISLANDERS (23-18-10) at FLYERS (26-21-7)



Islanders team scope

New York Islanders coach Doug Weight said secondary scoring has been important during a 7-1-2 stretch. Top-line center John Tavares has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games, and Weight said he's happy with the way other players have stepped up. Josh Bailey has eight points (five goals, three assists), Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson each have four goals, and Ryan Strome has six points (two goals, four assists). "Secondary scoring is very important; 'vital' is a good word," Weight said. "And Johnny has played well. You get that third assist five times and you set a guy up or you shoot and it gets blocked and three other guys touch it and it goes in. So he's not … he's on his game. But to get those other guys included, not just on the sheet to win hockey games because we needed all those goals to win the games, but it's great confidence-wise and it's great to be able to roll the bench and know these guys are on their games now."

Flyers team scope

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will return to the Philadelphia Flyers lineup. The Flyers have gone 122:49 without a goal, and Gostisbehere, who had been scratched for the past three games, has a high-end offensive game. He is second among Flyers defensemen with 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 48 games, but his Philadelphia-worst minus-19 rating is what has kept him out of the lineup. He was one of the few Flyers on the ice for an optional morning skate Thursday. Coach Dave Hakstol said Wednesday he's liked what he has seen from Gostisbehere during the time the young defenseman has been scratched. "He's got some good work in, that's what we've been asking him the last week," Hakstol told the Flyers website. "He's got some great work in, good practices. … Been a good stretch for him to have some real quality practice time and work at some things and get some real hard work in."


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Shane Prince -- Casey Cizikas -- Nikolay Kulemin

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey -- Adam Pelech

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (lower body), Travis Hamonic (lower body), Mikhail Grabovski (concussion)


Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Nick Schultz

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body), Travis Konecny (lower body)


Status report

The Islanders lineup will remain the same from the previous game, a 6-5 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, Weight said. … Neuvirth missed practice Wednesday because of an illness but is healthy enough to be the backup. A forward could be called up before Philadelphia leaves for a three-game trip to Western Canada that starts at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, general manager Ron Hextall said. Konecny's injury leaves the Flyers with 12 forwards.


Who's hot

Bailey has goals in three straight games and in five of his past six. … The Flyers have killed off 18 of 20 power plays in the past seven games.

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