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Philadelphia going for ninth win in 12 games; New York can extend point streak at Barclays Center to 15

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

FLYERS (31-18-7) at ISLANDERS (32-16-6)



The Game

The New York Islanders will try to move three points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the Metropolitan Division when they play at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

New York moved into third place with a 5-3 win at the Washington Capitals on Monday. The Islanders are 4-1-2 in their past seven games and 11-0-3 in their past 14 regular-season games at Barclays Center, dating to Jan. 12, 2019. They are 6-0-3 there this season.

Philadelphia is two points ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference following a 4-1 win against the Florida Panthers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

The Flyers, who are playing their first game at Barclays Center since April 3, 2018, are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and 8-2-1 in the past 11.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Claude Giroux has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier has a six-game point streak (five goals, three assists) and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"I think we have a lot of guys in here that thrive on playing those types of games and love playing in the bigger moments where the games mean, obviously, a little bit more, playing the teams that you're jockeying for position with. … I don't think we have guys that get nervous in those situations. I think those games are fun for us to play and ones you want to be in as a player." -- Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk

"They're a good hockey team. They're playing a 200-foot game and they've got some offensive weapons. They pressure you, they're a deep hockey team and they're getting good goaltending. It's no different than the club we just played. We've got to show up and play hard." -- Islanders coach Barry Trotz


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl -- Connor Bunnaman -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Justin Braun

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Morgan Frost

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Kieffer Bellows -- Derick Brassard -- Michael Dal Colle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Leo Komarov

Devon Toews -- Ryan Pulock

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Noah Dobson -- Scott Mayfield

Semyon Varlamov

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl, Sebastian Aho

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (wrist), Adam Pelech (Achilles)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate after playing Monday. … Farabee returns to the lineup after missing three games with the flu. With is return, Laughton moves from left wing to center and Frost, who centered the third line Monday, will be scratched.


Stat pack

It's the third of four games between the teams this season; the Islanders won the first two. … New York is 2-0-0 this season when each team played the night before. … The Islanders are 28-2-3 when they score at least three goals.

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