Gameday at NY Islanders: Flyers Looking to Win Back-to-Back
Philadelphia Flyers (2-7-0) at New York Islanders (4-3-3)
Barclays Center -- New York, N.Y.
7 p.m. on CSN Philly and 97.5 FM The Fanatic
Setting the Stage - The Flyers
The Flyers won their second game of the season on Thursday, a 2-1 win over the Rangers, snapping a four-game losing streak. Braydon Coburn had the game-winner in the third period.
The Flyers got Vincent Lecavalier back on Thursday and will see Scott Hartnell return to the lineup tonight. To make room for Hartnell, the Flyers loaned Tye McGinn back to Adirondack and kept Michael Raffl on the top line with Lecavalier and Claude Giroux.
What to Expect - The Islanders
New York is second in the Metropolitan Division with 11 points, which is only three points behind the first-place Penguins.
The Islanders have lost two of their last five and have given up at least three goals in four of those games. The Flyers haven't scored three goals all season.
The Islanders are led in scoring by Frans Nielsen, who has six goals and eight assists for a team-high 14 points. John Tavares has four goals and eight assists and Kyle Okposo has three goals and eight assists.
The Masked Men
Philadelphia: Steve Mason (2-5-0, .930 sv%, 2.17 GAA)
Mason has pretty much locked up the starting goalie spot. He will make his eighth start of the season in the Flyers' 10th game. He solidified his status as a starter with a 30-save performance against the Rangers on Thursday.
New York: Kevin Poulin (0-1-0, .893 sv%, 3.05 GAA)
Poulin has made only one start this season, a loss to Chicago back on October 11. Poulin stopped 25-of-28 shots in that loss.
Keys of the Game
1. Build Off A Win. Claude Giroux said the Flyers will make the playoffs earlier this week. The Flyers are 1-0 since those remarks. The only way to get out of the cellar is to climb out. They need a good scoring effort against the Islanders if they want to do that.
2. Power Play. The Flyers are 3-for-37 with the man-advantage. They actually scored a goal short-handed on Thursday, fairing better with one less player on the ice. It's simple: this unit needs to wake up because they have squandered a ton of scoring chances this season.
3. Finish. Granted the Flyers won Thursday's period 1-0, it was still a horrible showing in the final 20 minutes. Once they learn how to close out games they will get on a roll and win games in bunches.
“Yeah, to get everybody on the same page, we had a week to work on the new system and the new way we want to play. We had a lot of chances again tonight, but if we keep playing hard like this and playing as a team, we’re going to start winning games.” - Claude Giroux after Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.