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New York looks to extend point streak to 14 games; Philadelphia 5-1-2 in past eight

by Adam Kimelman / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

ISLANDERS (13-3-1) at FLYERS (10-6-3)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to extend their point streak to 14 games when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The Islanders are 12-0-1 in their previous 13 games, including a 5-3 win against the Flyers on Oct. 27, and have outscored their opponents 44-26 during their streak. It's their longest point streak since a team-record, 15-game streak (15-0-0) from Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982.

Brian Elliott is expected to start in goal for the Flyers, who had their seven-game point streak (5-0-2) end in a 2-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

 

Players to watch

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss is 6-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in his past six games. He leads the NHL with a .942 save percentage.

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has 54 points (18 goals, 36 assists) in 50 games against the Islanders, his most against any NHL team.

 

They said it

"I know I have the skill set and the speed and ability to play in this League and have success, so it's just going out there and having fun, not think about it too much." -- Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier

"It's going to be a tough matchup, a great challenge on a back to back. I think we'll maybe have to simplify our game a little bit. Part of losing battles sometimes is trying to hold onto the puck and make plays not as quick as usual. Against the Islanders if we do that it'll be the same thing, they'll come hard at us, it's going to make it tough on us. Just simplify our game, come back to skating, establish a good forecheck and create turnovers." -- Flyers forward Sean Couturier

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Josh Bailey -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Michael Dal Colle -- Ross Johnston -- Leo Komarov

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Noah Dobson, Otto Koivula

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body), Matt Martin (lower body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Joel Farabee

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)

 

Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. ... Martin practiced in a non-contact jersey Friday. The Islanders activated forward Andrew Ladd from injured reserve and loaned him to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Friday, after he cleared waivers. ... Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said his lineup would be a game-time decision because of some injuries. "If it wasn't back to back, it wouldn't be an issue," he said. "But it is back-to-back [games], so it is an issue."

 

Stat pack

Barzal has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Voracek needs one goal for 200 in the NHL.

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