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Flyers aim to end losing streak at five; New York can match best start at home through nine games

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

FLYERS (8-9-4) at ISLANDERS (11-7-2)

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


The Game

The New York Islanders will look to remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

With a win, the Islanders would have 16 points through nine home games to match the best start in their history (seven wins, two ties in 1978-79; eight wins in 1984-85). They are 6-0-2 at home.

The Flyers will be looking to end a five-game losing streak that was extended with a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.  

Wednesday is the first of a home-and-home series between the Flyers and Islanders; they will play again in Philadelphia on Friday.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has two goals and three assists during a three-game point streak. He leads Philadelphia with 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 21 games this season.

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy has had three multipoint games in his past four (two goals, four assists). 


They said it

"Right now, we're a frustrated team. We just need to get out of this and we'll be fine. It's just we're going through a tough stretch right now. We just need to figure out our stuff and we're going to start winning again." -- Flyers captain Claude Giroux

"We definitely want to come out hard. We're not worried about Philly's frame of mind or how they're playing. They're a darn good team. They're going to be a desperate hockey team today, so we're going to look to put our best on the ice and have a good start for sure." -- Islanders coach Doug Weight


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Valtteri Filppula -- Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Danick Martel

Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg

Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Travis Sanheim -- Samuel Morin

Brian Elliott

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Dale Weise, Jori Lehtera

Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas


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)


Status report

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate after playing Tuesday. … Forward Matt Read cleared waivers and was sent to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League along with defenseman Mark Alt. Philadelphia recalled Martel and Morin on Wednesday. … Clutterbuck will return after missing the past two games with an illness.


Stat pack

Philadelphia has won four straight at Barclays Center. … This will be the Flyers' first game against an Eastern Conference opponent since Oct. 28; they've played 10 straight against the West. … The Islanders are 11-2-0 when they score at least three goals and 0-5-2 when they score fewer than three.

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