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Preview: Flyers at Islanders

New York's Cal Clutterbuck, Johnny Boychuk set to play; Philadelphia aims to end slump

by David Satriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

FLYERS (22-19-6) at ISLANDERS (19-17-8)

6 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-PH, NHL.TV

 

Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers returned after their five-day break and lost 4-1 at home to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. "A little bit of rust," forward Jakub Voracek said. "I think you could see it on the power play. A couple bad bounces. … You have to go game by game. Obviously, it is not the spot we want to be in. We are having a bad run right now but, when you play back to back you have a chance to redeem yourself. Forget about today and win tomorrow." Philadelphia is 3-9-3 in its past 15 games since winning 10 in a row. The Flyers out-attempted the Devils, 85-48 and outshot them, 36-32. "I think we all felt pretty fresh tonight," said rookie Travis Konecny, who scored in the first period. "We felt good yesterday. It was a good time for us and we can still build on some positives from [the game]. We have an opportunity for us to do some good [Sunday]. That is the good thing about hockey; you always have another game to redeem [yourself]. We have spurts when we see what we are doing right. We just have to play that full 60 [minutes]."

 

Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders are likely to have forward Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Johnny Boychuk back in the lineup. Clutterbuck has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury and Boychuk the past two with an upper-body injury. Goaltender Thomas Greiss will be trying for his third consecutive shutout. He was in goal for the Islanders' 4-0 road win against the Boston Bruins on Monday and a 3-0 win against the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday. Jean-Francois Berube played Saturday in a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Barclays Center. New York will go for its fourth straight win and third in a row under coach Doug Weight, who took over after Jack Capuano was fired on Tuesday. Weight knows playing on back-to-back nights will be a challenge. "[The players] going to be tired [Sunday]" he said after the win against the Kings, "but Philly had a game [Saturday], they had the five-day break. It's nothing different than usual. ... I tried to manage it as well as I could. We had four lines really going at it tonight, playing hard, and I kept turning the door so credit to those guys. We got some great contributions from [Alan Quine's] line, [Brock Nelson] went up against [Jeff] Carter most of the night and he's got [Anthony Beauvillier] and [Ryan Strome] on the wings with him, offensive guys but you've got to do it. It's not going away. It's not going to get easier. It's good to see these guys step up."

 

Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Matt Read

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Nick Cousins -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

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

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Radko Gudas

Michael Del Zotto -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Dale Weise, Nick Schultz, Brandon Manning

Injured: None

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome - Shane Prince

Cal Clutterbuck -- Casey Cizikas -- Nikolay Kulemin

Anthony Beauvillier -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nick Leddy -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey - Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Scott Mayfield, Stephen Gionta

Injured: Travis Hamonic (lower body), Andrew Ladd (lower body)

 

Status report

Neither team had a morning skate. … Neuvirth allowed three goals on 25 shots and was pulled after the second period against New Jersey. He was replaced by Mason, who stopped three of four shots, and could get the start. ... Greiss will play after Berube made 34 saves against the Kings for his first win of the season. Ladd likely will miss his fourth straight game, but Weight told the team website he might be able to play Tuesday against Columbus.

 

Who's hot

Giroux has seven assists in nine games. Schenn has four goals in six games. ... Tavares has eight goals in his past five games. Lee has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. Chimera has four goals in five games.

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