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Flyers Look To Continue Their Dominance Over The Isles

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers (27-13-4) have lost one game at home since the turn of the new year (Winter Classic) and have won their last three home games including Tuesday's blowout of the Minnesota Wild. 

 
Tonight they will attempt to extend their home win streak to four when face the New York Islanders (17-21-6) for the third time this season and the second in just over a week. 
 
The Islanders are coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals, who managed just 17 shots. 
 
Evgeni Nabokov earned his 51st career shutout and first as a New York Islander.  Just like the Minnesota Wild, the Islanders will be bringing their dads along with them to the Wells Fargo Center. 
 
Will these dads see a better effort from their sons?
 
 
 
Matchup
 
This is the third of six meetings for these two teams with the Flyers winning the first two, 4-3 and 3-2 respectively. 
 
The Flyers have owned the Islanders over the years and are 26-2-0 since the 2007-08 season and have won all eight matchups since the start of the 2010 season. 
 
The Islanders fare no better in Philly as they have lost their last thirteen meetings in the City of Brotherly Love being out scored 54-24 during that span.
 
The Islanders last win in Philly was on April 7, 2007. 
 
This is a game the Flyers can not take lightly or look beyond as the Islanders went into Washington Wednesday night without a win in their last seven visits and left there without surrendering a goal.
 
The Flyers will need to pay special attention to John Tavares as he seems to have success against them since coming into the league.
 
In 14 games against the Flyers Tavares has five goals (2 pp) and five assists and is a -4. 
 
He also has managed to fire off 36 shots during that span. He currently leads his team in points with 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points, six of which on the power play.
 
Tavares is currently riding a 10 game point streak in which he has 6 goals and 11 assists.
 
He is Closely followed by Matt Moulson who has 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points, seven on the power play. 
 
Look for Nabokov to get the nod for tonight's game as the often injured Rick DiPietro is out for the season once again and Al Montoya is out with a concussion. 
 
For the Flyers Scott Hartnell is as red hot as his hair, he leads this team in goals with 20, four less than his 2010-11 season total.
 
He has been scoring the gritty goals for this team often taking a beating in front of the opposing goalies porch.
 
He is having a hell of a season and still has a shot to be added to the All-Star game. Claude Giroux who is squeezing his stick lately is struggling and will look to break out of that slump tonight. 
 
He leads this team in points with 50, 18 goals and 32 assists. In 17 career games versus the Islanders Giroux has tallied 17 points,  4 goals and 13 assists with 2 power play points. 
 
Tonight could be the night Jaromir Jagr lights the lamp as he has had great success against the Islanders.
 
In 93 games versus the Islanders, Jagr has amassed 59 goals 83 assists for 142 points. 
 
Another Flyer who has some success against the Isles is Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. He has been solid against the Isles going 7-0-0 in eight appearances and has a 1.86 goals against average.
 
Look for him to get the nod tonight.
 
 
 
Step Up Players
 
Jagr
 
Giroux
 
Briere

 

 

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2 Comments

John Russo's picture

One good thing is with this game being home we won't have to see those putrid Phantoms wannabe third jerseys the Isle have. Yuck.

Larry DAngelo's picture

I hear that ! Those jerseys are just as bad as the Islander's game. Man that organization has been bad for too long. Too much history for this team to be that bad, they would make a good alumni game for a winter classic . But they suck so bad we may never see it. Billy Smith, Bossy, Trottier, Pat LaLaLaLa Fontaine etc.....