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After a bad game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, in which they had a bad start and bad finish, the Flyers will look for the opposite tonight when taking on the New York Islanders (TCLFlyers).  After losing two straight, the Flyers must avoid going into a slump (CSNPhilly).  Bryzgalov will be in between the pipes again after allowing four goals to the Rangers (@tpanotch).  The Flyers have been inconsistent this year to say the least, and they are tough to figure out (Philly.com).

They'll have center Danny Briere back in the lineup (@NHLFlyers) for the first time since January 21st when he was concussed (SBNation Philly). He says he is feeling 100% and ready to go (On The Fly).  A likely spot for him would be centering Matt Read and Jakub Voracek (@BroadStBull).

Another injured Flyer is 22 year-old James van Riemsdyk, who is also suffering from a concussion.  He finally spoke with the media today about it.  He will miss his 11th consecutive game tonight, but he is making progress and is keeping a good mindset (CSNPhilly).

Briere will most likely be replacing Jody Shelley.  We all know Mike Rupp's words regarding Jody Shelley, "[expletive] irrelevant," and he's right.  Shelley, along with Sestito, have been practically irrelevant on the Flyers (TCLFlyers).

The Flyers scored a total of 40 goals in the month of January, all coming from a wide variety of players.  Whose goals were the best (Proud to Puck)?  Hartnell and Briere's topped the list.

There are two games involving just Atlantic Division teams tonight...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 50 71 33 12 5
2. Image preview 52 66 30 16 6
3. Image preview 53 64 30 19 4
4. Image preview 52 63 30 19 3
5. Image preview 51 50 21 22 8

The Islanders will look to even up their wins and losses tonight in Philadelphia (TCL Isles).

The Rangers and Devils will be facing off in the Big Apple (NHL.com).  One team will have their win streak snapped tonight, as the Rangers have two consecutive victories and the Devils have four.

The Penguins will head up to Canada, where they will face the Montreal Canadiens in the two teams' fourth and final meeting this season (NHL.com).

 

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs NYI  Tuesday 2/7
vs TOR   Thursday 2/9
vs NYR  Saturday 2/11
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